Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee joins opening of NPC’s second session, embraces “one country, two systems” principle

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5th March 2024 – (Beijing) Chief Executive John Lee attended the inaugural assembly of the 14th National People’s Congress (NPC) second session today in Beijing. This session marks a significant moment as Premier Li Qiang presented the government’s work report, reflecting on the achievements of the past year and setting forth the agenda for 2024.

Premier Li’s address outlined the government’s priorities with a focus on economic and social development, reinforcing a steadfast commitment to the “one country, two systems” framework that has long governed Hong Kong’s relationship with the mainland. Emphasising the importance of Hong Kong’s adherence to its constitutional order and the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong,” Premier Li voiced support for Hong Kong’s economic enhancement and participation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to ensure the city’s ongoing prosperity and stability.

In response, Mr. Lee expressed his encouragement, noting that this year’s NPC session coincides with the 75th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China—a milestone year for achieving the objectives of the 14th Five-Year Plan and bolstering the “one country, two systems” practice. Mr. Lee affirmed that under the Central Government’s guidance, the HKSAR Government is set to uphold the principles of “one country, two systems” and “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong,” while leveraging “patriots administering Hong Kong” to unite society in fostering economic development and enhancing the livelihoods of the people.

Furthermore, Mr. Lee highlighted the intent to capitalise on national strategies such as the 14th Five-Year Plan and the Belt and Road Initiative to better integrate Hong Kong into the nation’s overall progress and improve its global competitiveness.