A flag-raising ceremony is held at the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, in celebration of the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Oct 1, 2022. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

“One country, two systems” is a good institution that will help the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions to prosper, and must be adhered to in the long run.

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Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, made the comments in a signed article published in the People’s Daily newspaper on Monday.

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Xia said the report that Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made to the Party’s 20th National Congress systematically expounded on the past achievements and future direction of the “one country, two systems” policy.

The report marked that the Party’s understanding of the practice has reached a new level. It also offered action guidelines for the central government’s work with the Hong Kong and Macao SARs, Xia said.

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He stressed the importance of having a good command of the Party Congress, for the long-term implementation of “one country, two systems”.

The principle, which has strong vitality and great superiority, has been tested repeatedly in practice and maintained the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao, Xia said.

For the practice’s successful implementation in the future, law-based governance and patriots-led administrations must be upheld. It’s also of great significance to support Hong Kong and Macao to give full play of their strengths and tackle deep-seated socioeconomic problems, Xia said.

He encouraged officials to actively seek ways to promote high-quality economic development of the two cities, and further improve local authorities’ governance capability and the residents’ well-being.

It is also necessary to further improve the system and mechanism for safeguarding national security in the two SARs and consolidate the strengths of patriotic forces there, he added.