One country, two systems works better through 25 years of practice, says China's top official

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One country, two systems works better through 25 years of practice, says China's top official

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region flag and Chinese national flag are displayed outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 28, 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China. A PHOTO KIN CHEUNG One country, two systems is a good institution that will help the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao prosper, and must be adhered to in the long run.

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Xia Baolong, the director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, made comments in a signed article published in the People's Daily newspaper on Monday.

The report said that Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central CommitteeParty of China Central Committee, made to the Party's 20th National Congress systematically expounded on the past achievements and future direction of the one country, two systems policy.

The Party's understanding of practice has reached a new level, according to the report. Xia said that it also offered action guidelines for the central government's work with the Hong Kong and Macao SARs.

He stressed the importance of having a good command of the Party CongressParty Congress for the long-term implementation of one country, two systems The principle, which has strong vitality and great superiority, has been tested repeatedly in practice and has maintained the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao, Xia said.

For the practice's successful implementation in the future, law-based governance and patriots-led administrations must be upheld. It is also of great importance to support Hong Kong and Macao to give full play of their strengths and tackle deep-seated socioeconomic problems, Xia said.

He encouraged officials to actively seek ways to promote high-quality economic development of the two cities, and to improve governance capacity and the residents' well-being.

He said it is necessary to improve the system and mechanism for safeguarding national security in the two SARs and to consolidate the strengths of patriotic forces there.