HK will ride out the political storm, Carrie Lam assures

Local | 24 Oct 2019 2:04 pm

Hong Kong will hold on to the 'One Country, Two Systems' principle, the rule of law and institutional strengths to overcome the political storm, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told political and business leaders, scholars and heads of think tanks, today.

She was addressing the the International Forum on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, attended by Thailand Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Somkid Jatusripitak), Guangdong governor, Ma Xingrui, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, Xie Feng, the Deputy Director of the Liaison Office, Qiu Hong, Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission Luo Wen, and Macau Economy and Finance Secretary, Lionel Leong.

“In recent months, what started as peaceful protests to oppose a piece of local legislation has turned into violence devastating our city. People's daily living has been seriously affected and the economy has taken a dip,'' Lam said. “While our foremost priority is to end violence and restore law and order, we have not lost sight of the opportunities that Hong Kong should seize in order to bring our city to new heights.

“Therefore, in riding out this unprecedented political storm, we are holding steadfast to the principles that have given Hong Kong her unique strengths, and they are the 'One Country, Two Systems' principle, the rule of law and our institutional strengths.''

Hong Kong has and will continue to maintain an economic and legal system different from that on the mainland, Lam told her audience.


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