Xi's remarks at Hong Kong's 25th anniversary draw blueprint for development, says China

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Xi's remarks at Hong Kong's 25th anniversary draw blueprint for development, says China

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping's remarks at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland have drawn a blueprint for the development of Hong Kong and clarified the direction of the steady and sustained implementation of the one country, two systems principle, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

President Xi attended the meeting to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland and the swearing-in ceremony of the sixth-term government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Friday in Hong Kong, and was warmly welcomed by people from all walks of life in Hong Kong, spokeswoman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing.

President Xi made a speech at the celebration, which has drawn a blueprint for the development of Hong Kong and clarified the direction of the steady and sustained implementation of the one country, two systems principle, as well as a blueprint for the development of the country, according to Zhao.

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With the strong leadership and strong support of the central government, with the great motherland as strong backing and with the solidarity and struggles of more than 7 million Hong Kong compatriots, Hong Kong will surely create a better tomorrow, he said.

He said that certain Western countries have made irresponsible remarks about the practice of one country, two systems principle in Hong Kong and meddling in Hong Kong affairs, which are purely China's internal affairs. China strongly condemns and rejects this, he said. He noted that these countries always talk about democracy and human rights, yet they ignore their own serious problems and deplorable records.

We would like to warn these countries that any external force can stop the steady implementation of one country, two systems and the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, as well as the successful practice of 'one country, two systems' is futile, and any interference in China's internal affairs is not allowed.