Beijing, 23 December 2021 (TDI): China released a white paper titled “Hong Kong: Democratic Progress Under the Framework of One Country, Two Systems.” It was released by the State Council Information Office after the general election for the seventh-term Legislative Council of Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong: Democratic Progress Under the Framework of One Country, Two Systems.” 

The paper reveals the real picture of Hong Kong’s political development and discusses the development of democracy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It reviews historical facts along with revealing the truth to help people better comprehend the goodwill and sincerity of the central government.

Additionally, it talks about the development of Hong Kong and the efforts put in by the central government. The white paper refutes incorrect notions. It responds to negative defamation for a better understanding of the people about the essence and nature of the development of Hong Kong’s democracy.

Moreover, it further generates unanimity on developing the democracy of Hong Kong as per the principle of “one country, two systems” as well as the Basic Law. The document was also published to understand the return of Hong Kong to China, ushering in a new era for democracy as under British colonial rule there was no democracy in Hong Kong.

Colonial Rule impeded Democracy in Hong Kong

The colonial rule hindered the development of democracy in Hong Kong. The white paper claims that the Chinese government and the Communist Party of China (CPC) created, designed, safeguarded, and advanced the system of democracy in Hong Kong.

The people of Hong Kong enjoy more democratic rights and have acquired much greater access to political participation than ever before, since its return to China. The exercise of democracy and the establishment of democratic institutions in Hong Kong only emerged when China resumed sovereignty over Hong Kong.

However, in the past as well as present, external intervention and meddling along with anti-China agitators became the reason for serious lapses in the development of Hong Kong’s democracy over the past years. Regardless, the policies of China have brought it on the path of development.

“The Central Government is committed to implementing the principle of “one country, two systems” fully and faithfully, and supporting Hong Kong in developing a democratic system that conforms to the region’s constitutional status and actual conditions.”

Furthermore, the improved electoral system of Hong Kong guarantees the sound long-term development of democracy in Hong Kong. The Central Government aims to work with all social groups, sectors, as well as stakeholders.

Framework of “One country, Two systems”

Resultantly, the prospects for democracy, are bright under the framework of “one country, two systems.” The framework provides absolute assurance for the democracy’s development in the HKSAR.

Hong Kong has entered a new stage of thriving society, a restored order, and further prosperity under the guidance of the Central Government. Moreover, with the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR coming into force as well as the improvements to the electoral system, it is expected that the government will be further strengthened.

In addition, the rule of law and the business environment will continue to improve making Hong Kong a prosperous society. The policy of “one country, two systems” promises to be a resounding success story in Hong Kong.