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Foreign media: Hong Kong - China's "freest city"

By Mimie Ouyang (People's Daily Online)

16:19, July 02, 2012

Following the installment of a new Hong Kong SAR government and celebrations marking the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, Hong Kong continues to receive full support from the central government to uphold the “one country, two systems” principles.

CNN said trade links between the mainland and Hong Kong have surged in the past 15 years, while quoting former UK Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston’s remarks in 1842 that “it will never be a mart for trade”.

Despite being under the rule of the mainland, Hong Kong still governs itself; elects its own leaders, and exercise full control of its economy and maintain its own legal system, the website said.

Washington Post said that from the “one country, two systems” cause applied to Hong Kong, it has retained many wide-ranging liberties that has allowed it to become China’s “freest city by far”.

BBC News reported that the mainland is truly sincere in its support for Hong Kong, suggesting that if Hong Kong suffers, the mainland will suffer too.

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