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Amendments to Hong Kong Basic Law reflect people's aspirations

By XU WEI | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-03-30 16:19

Photo taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong. [Photo/Xinhua]

The adoption of amendments to the annexes of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress reflected fully the common aspirations of the Chinese people, including compatriots from the HKSAR, according to a statement by China's foreign ministry on Tuesday.

This is a move to systemically revise and improve the methods for the selection of the chief executive of the Hong Kong SAR and for the formation of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong SAR,the statement said.

It will provide the institutional guarantee for the comprehensive and faithful implementation of the principle of "one country, two systems", "patriots administering Hong Kong" and for the long-term stability and security of the SAR, according to the statement.

The move to improve the electoral system of the Hong Kong SAR aims to develop, in a gradual and orderly manner, a democratic system that is in line with the constitutional order of Hong Kong and suited to its actual situation, the statement said.

It will better ensure extensive and balanced political participation of Hong Kong residents and serve the interests of all social strata, all sectors and all parties of Hong Kong society. It will help improve the governance efficacy of the Hong Kong SAR, safeguard the fundamental interests of Hong Kong and promote its long-term development.

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