Better future for HK with security law

The National Security Law has been implemented for more than a year. Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong presented a review and outlook of the law at a thematic forum held by the Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies. Today, I would like to share with you my views.   Since the National Security Law has taken effect, it halted the chaos and restored the order in our society. Vigilantism are no longer prevalent and people are free to voice different views openly. Our love for Hong Kong and our motherland can be expressed in an open and above-board manner, and people are more respectful of the rights of others while exercising their own. Even though many western countries have launched malicious attacks on the National Security Law either out of misunderstanding or with a deliberate attempt to mislead, our economic data in the past year, including the funds raised through initial public offerings and the total deposits in the Hong Kong banking system, has proved that Hong Kong's business environment is becoming more attractive, and that international investors' confidence in Hong Kong has been enhanced rather than deterred. These hard facts can surely debunk the lies smearing the National Security Law.   Mr Xia mentioned in his speech that with the National Security Law in place, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has established a firm wall made of bronze and iron in safeguarding national security. He said that officials and patriots in the Hong Kong SAR have acted fearlessly in the face of illegal and groundless sanctions by the United States, showing their unwavering love for the country. Meanwhile, Police, being the loyal guardians of the city's stability and national security, have been strictly enforcing the National Security Law.   Hong Kong's destiny has always been closely linked to that of our motherland, and Hong Kong people have been contributing to the country in different eras. The central authorities will continue to uphold the principle of "one country, two systems" unswervingly, ensuring its full implementation without being altered or deformed. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Communist Party of China (CPC). CPC Central Committee General Secretary and President Xi Jinping pointed out that the second centenary goal is to build China into a great modern socialist country in all respects. But where will the future of the implementation of "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong lie? I am of the view that one must understand "one country" is the prerequisite of "two systems". By building a solid foundation of "one country" with the full implementation of the National Security Law and strictly adhering to the "one country, two systems" principle, the "two systems" can make the most of its competitive edges. Hong Kong will definitely have a brighter future with security bringing prosperity.   It is therefore necessary to have the National Security Law to foster Hong Kong's immense potential for further development. The responsibility of in-depth implementation of the National Security Law should be shouldered by our society as a whole. The Department of Justice, apart from handling cases of endangering national security strictly in accordance with the National Security Law and local laws, will also step up the promotion of the national identity among different sectors of the community, enhancing their correct understanding of the Constitution, the Basic Law and the National Security Law.   A solid system needs an efficient administration for implementation. In addition to genuinely upholding the Basic Law, bearing allegiance to the country and the Hong Kong SAR, possessing talents and virtues as well as the administrative capabilities, the governing team should also fulfil five specific requirements as pointed out by Mr Xia: (1) being staunch patriots; (2) having strategic thinking and a broad vision to resolve tough problems with a strong sense of responsibility; (3) serving the public with practical actions; (4) rallying and uniting all sectors; and (5) acting in the best interest of the country and the city and perform their duties faithfully.   The stronger the bottom line of "one country", the greater the room for "two systems", and hence a better tomorrow for Hong Kong.   Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng wrote this article and posted it on her blog on July 17.
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