HONG KONG, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong Chief Executive C Y Leung said on Tuesday that the white paper on "one country, two systems" practice in Hong Kong will help both local and international communities to better understand the "one country, two systems" policy.
The Chinese central government on Tuesday published a white paper detailing the "one country, two systems" practice in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), stressing the policy as a basic state policy despite new circumstances.
"It encompasses several important chapters, including comprehensive progress made in various undertakings in the Hong Kong SAR, efforts made by the central government to ensure the prosperity and development of the Hong Kong SAR, fully and accurately understanding and implementing the policy of 'One Country, Two Systems'," said Leung, at a media session at the Office of the Chief Executive at Tamar on Tuesday afternoon.
The chief executive told reporters that a "high degree of autonomy" means a high degree of autonomy as stipulated in the Basic Law and as stated in the white paper and also previously by many members of the Hong Kong community and of the international community.
"'High degree of autonomy' does not mean complete autonomy on the part of Hong Kong. So this is a high degree of autonomy as stipulated in the Basic Law, and it has been in the Basic Law since it was promulgated in 1990," he said.
Leung said the white paper doesn't override the Basic Law, adding the paper not only reviews the successful implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle in Hong Kong in the past 17 years, but also looks forward to how this principle could further be implemented to the benefits of both Hong Kong and the country.
The HKSAR government on Tuesday welcomed the white paper and encouraged the public to read it in detail for a deeper and comprehensive understanding of the practice of "one country, two systems" in the HKSAR.