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Xi Jinping in Hong Kong: Xi Jinping defends China's rule of Hong Kong Xi Jinping defends China's rule of Hong Kong
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Mr Xi (right) was greeted by Hong Kong's new chief executive John LeeMr Xi (right) was greeted by Hong Kong's new chief executive John Lee
China's "one country two systems" model of ruling Hong Kong has worked in protecting the city and must continue long term, says Xi Jinping.China's "one country two systems" model of ruling Hong Kong has worked in protecting the city and must continue long term, says Xi Jinping.
The Chinese leader mounted a stern defence of the political system in a speech in Hong Kong, following recent international criticism.The Chinese leader mounted a stern defence of the political system in a speech in Hong Kong, following recent international criticism.
Hong Kong is marking 25 years since Britain returned the city to China.Hong Kong is marking 25 years since Britain returned the city to China.
It is under tight security as it hosts Mr Xi, who is on his first trip outside of the mainland in two years.It is under tight security as it hosts Mr Xi, who is on his first trip outside of the mainland in two years.
Under "one country two systems", Hong Kong is supposed to be governed in a way that gives it a high degree of autonomy and protects freedom of speech and assembly, and other rights not found in mainland China.Under "one country two systems", Hong Kong is supposed to be governed in a way that gives it a high degree of autonomy and protects freedom of speech and assembly, and other rights not found in mainland China.
But in recent years China has been criticised for increasing its control of Hong Kong and enacting laws and reforms that stifle free speech and dissent.But in recent years China has been criticised for increasing its control of Hong Kong and enacting laws and reforms that stifle free speech and dissent.
Hong Kong's handover explainedHong Kong's handover explained
What is 'one country two systems' and how is Hong Kong run?What is 'one country two systems' and how is Hong Kong run?
What will the next 25 years hold for Hong Kong?What will the next 25 years hold for Hong Kong?
The "one, country, two systems" principle arose out of an agreement between Britain and China and is enshrined in law in Hong Kong. But the protections run out in 2047, a deadline which many in Hong Kong have long been worried about. The "one, country, two systems" principle arose out of an agreement between Britain and China and is enshrined in law in Hong Kong. The protections run out in 2047, a deadline which many in Hong Kong have long been worried about.
But on Friday Mr Xi said it "must be adhered to over the long run" - the clearest sign yet that China intends to preserve the political model, which critics say has already been compromised to suit Beijing.But on Friday Mr Xi said it "must be adhered to over the long run" - the clearest sign yet that China intends to preserve the political model, which critics say has already been compromised to suit Beijing.
Flanked by the Chinese and Hong Kong flags on stage, Mr Xi defended the system as having worked in protecting Hong Kong's prosperity and stability as well as China's "fundamental interests" in the past 25 years.Flanked by the Chinese and Hong Kong flags on stage, Mr Xi defended the system as having worked in protecting Hong Kong's prosperity and stability as well as China's "fundamental interests" in the past 25 years.
"'One country, two systems' has been tested and proved time and again, and there is no reason to change such a good system," he said, to applause from the audience comprising of the city's pro-Beijing elite. "'One country, two systems' has been tested and proved time and again, and there is no reason to change such a good system," he said, to applause from the audience comprising mostly of the city's pro-Beijing elite.
He added that it had the "unanimous endorsement" of residents and "widespread approval" by the international community. He added the system had the "unanimous endorsement" of residents along with "widespread approval" by the international community, and that Hong Kong's "true democracy began" when it returned to China.
But Hong Kong has seen huge pro-democracy protests over the years and many, including Western countries, have criticised Beijing's growing interference in the city. But over the years Hong Kong has seen huge protests and many, including Western countries, have criticised Beijing's growing interference in the city.
In 2020, China introduced a controversial national security law that has clamped down on free speech and dissent. This prompted Britain to accuse China of violating the "one country two systems" principle and their agreement. In 2020, China introduced a controversial national security law that has clamped down on free speech and dissent in Hong Kong. This prompted Britain to accuse China of violating the "one country two systems" principle and their agreement.
"We're not giving up on Hong Kong," UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday."We're not giving up on Hong Kong," UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.
"Twenty-five years ago we made a promise to the territory and its people and we intend to keep it, doing all we can to hold China to its commitments so that Hong Kong is once again run by the people of Hong Kong, for the people of Hong Kong.""Twenty-five years ago we made a promise to the territory and its people and we intend to keep it, doing all we can to hold China to its commitments so that Hong Kong is once again run by the people of Hong Kong, for the people of Hong Kong."
China's recent electoral reforms designed to ensure only "patriots" can run for office in Hong Kong have also been heavily criticised.China's recent electoral reforms designed to ensure only "patriots" can run for office in Hong Kong have also been heavily criticised.
But Mr Xi strongly defended this move on Friday, saying that it was "essential for safeguarding the long-term stability and security of Hong Kong" and that "at no time should this principle be allowed to be compromised".But Mr Xi strongly defended this move on Friday, saying that it was "essential for safeguarding the long-term stability and security of Hong Kong" and that "at no time should this principle be allowed to be compromised".
"No country or territory's citizens would allow non-patriotic, or even traitorous, forces and people to wield political power," he said.
The flags of China and Hong Kong are displayed over the convention centre where Mr Xi spokeThe flags of China and Hong Kong are displayed over the convention centre where Mr Xi spoke
At the same event, Mr Xi also formally appointed John Lee, a former security chief known for his tough pro-Beijing views, as the new chief executive.At the same event, Mr Xi also formally appointed John Lee, a former security chief known for his tough pro-Beijing views, as the new chief executive.
Mr Lee had got the top job through an uncontested election - a sore point for many Hongkongers who say China has gone back on its promise to make the process fully democratic eventually.Mr Lee had got the top job through an uncontested election - a sore point for many Hongkongers who say China has gone back on its promise to make the process fully democratic eventually.
Mr Lee's new 21-member cabinet was also sworn in. It is heavily staffed by pro-Beijing leaders, including three who have been sanctioned by the US for "undermining Hong Kong's autonomy and restricting the freedom of expression or assembly" of its people.Mr Lee's new 21-member cabinet was also sworn in. It is heavily staffed by pro-Beijing leaders, including three who have been sanctioned by the US for "undermining Hong Kong's autonomy and restricting the freedom of expression or assembly" of its people.
Various official events celebrating the handover will be held across the city on Friday, a public holiday. They typically culminate in a firework display over Victoria Harbour.Various official events celebrating the handover will be held across the city on Friday, a public holiday. They typically culminate in a firework display over Victoria Harbour.
Mr Xi's visit this year - the first to Hong Kong since the 20th anniversary celebrations in 2017 - has led to the city deploying plain clothes officers and "special constables" drafted from prison guards and immigration forces, reports BBC Chinese's Martin Yip. Mr Xi's visit this year - the first to Hong Kong since the 20th anniversary celebrations in 2017 - has led to the city deploying plainclothes officers and "special constables" drafted from prison guards and immigration forces, reports BBC Chinese's Martin Yip.
An Omicron outbreak earlier this year in Hong Kong fuelled doubts over whether Mr Xi, who has personally championed China's zero Covid policy, would cancel his visit.An Omicron outbreak earlier this year in Hong Kong fuelled doubts over whether Mr Xi, who has personally championed China's zero Covid policy, would cancel his visit.
But he arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday via a high-speed train where he met outgoing chief executive Carrie Lam.But he arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday via a high-speed train where he met outgoing chief executive Carrie Lam.
Security personnel have been deployed across the city for the handover anniversarySecurity personnel have been deployed across the city for the handover anniversary
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