At the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Xi Jinping, President of China, said that the policy of “one country, two systems” has proved to be the best institutional guarantee for the long- term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau after their return to Chinese sovereignty.
The Chinese president said that the governments of both regions will be supported to “advance democracy with well-
ordered steps,” maintain law and order, and fulfill the constitutional responsibility of safeguarding China’s sovereignty, security, and development interests.
“We will continue to support Hong Kong and Macau in integrating their own development into the overall development of the country,” he said, adding that priority will be given to the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau, and regional cooperation in the pan-Pearl River Delta.
Policies will be improved to make it more convenient for people from Hong Kong and Macau to pursue career development in the mainland, he also said.
Xi stressed that patriots should play “the principal role”, as Hong Kong people govern Hong Kong and Macau people govern Macau.
“We will develop and strengthen the ranks of patriots who love both our country and their regions, and foster greater patriotism and a stronger sense of national identity among the people in Hong Kong and Macau,” he said.
Xi also said that the Communist Party of China (CPC) has the resolve, confidence and ability to defeat separatist attempts for Taiwanese independence in any form.
“We will never allow anyone, any organization, or any political party, at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China,” he added.
Prior to its opening, the National Congress of CPC revealed most of the delegates’ names and the organizations they represent.
Those who represent the working committees of the CPC, Hong Kong, and Macau offices were not revealed through official channels.
According to a report by Ming Pao, 18 of these delegates from the above areas are certain, but four (three women and one man) of these 18 delegates’ identities remain unclear.
Also according to the Ming Pao report, in every National Congress of the CPC held in China, there are delegates whose identity is unknown and who represent the working committees of the CPC, Hong Kong, and Macau offices.
These people are normally CPC’s ground level representatives working in Hong Kong and Macau, and are more often women than men.
It is reported that they might not be using their real name when attending the National Congress of the CPC.
According to a report by HK01, working committees have always existed in Macau, despite the identities of their members not being disclosed. Both committees rarely engage in open activities. JZ/ Xinhua