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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday defended his “one country, two systems” policy for Hong Kong. He rejected allegations from the US, Britain and other countries that China claimed that through this policy, China has undermined its promise to give independence to Hong Kong for 50 years.
On the 25th anniversary of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule, Jinping is here on a visit to Hong Kong two and a half years after the Corona outbreak. During an address at an event here, Xi vehemently advocated the “one country, two systems” policy against the US and Western perception. This policy gives Hong Kong its own laws and the right to form its own government.
No tolerance for foreign interference or traitors
Xi Jinping warned that there would be no tolerance for foreign interference or traitors in Hong Kong affairs. The top priority is to safeguard the interests of national sovereignty, security and development, he said. “We will not allow any foreign or anti-national forces to seize power here,” Xi said.
John Lee sworn in as new leader
On this special occasion, the President of China administered the oath of office to John Lee as the new leader of Hong Kong on Friday. Lee is a former security officer. Action was taken on the incidents of dissatisfaction since the 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations in the city under his supervision. Li also pledged allegiance to Hong Kong.