Bay Area will not undermine HK governing arrangement, Carrie Lam says

Local | 5 Sep 2018 3:55 pm

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheg Yuet-ngor said today that Hong Kong’s integration with mainland cities in the Greater Bay Area will not undermine the "One country, Two systems” principle.

Lam was speaking in Guangzhou at the Hong Kong Legal Services Forum.

In a speech at the forum, she said the bay area development will only "enrich the implementation of "One Country, Two Systems,'' instead of blurring the line between the "two systems” in the SAR and on the mainland, as critics have suggested.

Lam said an independent judiciary is very important in the protection of individuals and investors’ rights, and Hong Kong – being the only place in China where common law is practised – has a large number of legal professionals to provide quality services for mainland and overseas businesses.

She said the rule of law has been a key factor in Hong Kong’s "remarkable achievements" since its return to China. The SAR continuing the common law system has also ensured the spirit of the rule of law is preserved, she added, so that the government will not act outside the limits of its authority.

Lam said Hong Kong’s universities and other training institutions – as well as its new immigration policy for innovation and technology professionals – will help the Greater Bay Area build what she called "an important talent pool.''

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