China will continue to firmly implement the principle of "one country, two systems" in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and support the Hong Kong SAR in making its advantages to achieve greater development, a Chinese ambassador has said.[Special coverage]
Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong made the remarks on Thursday evening at a reception hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China.
The Hong Kong SAR has maintained prosperity and stability and achieved great success. The key is the successful practice of "one country, two systems," the Chinese ambassador said.
Speaking on the same occasion, Pham Minh Chinh, a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, secretary of the CPV Central Committee and head of the committee's Organization Commission, said the achievements scored in the past 20 years by the Hong Kong SAR is a vivid testimony to the sound and successful implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle.
The "one country, two systems" principle is very unique and effective, Pham Minh Chinh said. "Hong Kong's strong development since its return to China has contributed to enhancing the role and position of China as well as to the stable and prosperous development of the region."
He believed that the mutually beneficial cooperation between Vietnam and China's Hong Kong SAR will continue to blossom, making active contribution to the development of the good neighborliness and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Vietnam and China.
Tran Van Luat, former Vietnamese ambassador to China, said "Hong Kong has made so many great achievements over the past two decades, standing firm as an important contributor of the region's development, stability and prosperity."
Over 300 participants, including Vietnam's foreign affairs officials, representatives from other countries' embassies to Vietnam as well as local scholars attended the reception.