Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming delivers a keynote speech at the 11th anniversary dinner of the Young Icebreakers, London, Britain, November 8, 2019. (Photo: CGTN)
Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming reiterated on Friday that fully and faithfully implementing "One Country, Two Systems" is key to sustained prosperity and stability in Hong Kong.
The Chinese ambassador made the remarks at the 11th anniversary dinner of the Young Icebreakers in London, a leading network which acts as a bridge between Chinese and British young professionals.
"The Hong Kong question was once an obstacle to the development of China-UK relationship. Regrettably, this question now stands out again in China-UK relationship as violence in Hong Kong continues," Liu said in this keynote speech.
He mentioned that the British Government and Parliament had published so-called reports on the Hong Kong question and interfered in China's internal affairs as well as the affairs of Hong Kong.
"This has severely disrupted and undermined China-UK relationship," he stressed.
To better explain what is exactly the "'One Country, Two Systems", Liu further elucidate in answering four questions: how should we correctly and accurately understand "One Country, Two Systems", who is undermining "One Country, Two Systems", does "One Country, Two Systems" have anything to do with the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and what is the prospect of "One Country, Two Systems".
Liu then highlighted that mutual respect between China and Britain is critical to maintain the sound development of the bilateral relationship.
Numerous obstacles have been overcome and remarkable successes achieved during the past 65 years since China-Britain diplomatic relationship was established at the charge d'affaires level, he said.
One important lesson the two sides have learned from the history of China-UK relationship is mutual respect, he said, noting that this means the two countries should respect each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity, refrain from interfering in each other's internal affairs, and carry out equal-footed and mutually-beneficial cooperation.
"A stable and prosperous Hong Kong is in the interests of both China and the UK. There are 300,000 British citizens and more than 700 British companies in Hong Kong. The connections and exchanges between the UK and Hong Kong are extensive and close," Liu made the remarks at the end of his speech.