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November 12, 2013
Dr. Eugene Chan, Convenor of the Working Group on Overseas Community under the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), visited Toronto today (Tuesday) to share Hong Kong's experience in implementing the Basic Law in the past 15 years as well as how the Basic Law serves as a driving force for Hong Kong to keep forging ahead.
Speaking at a lunch seminar on the “Implementation of the Basic Law in Hong Kong”, co-organized by the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (Toronto Section) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto (HKETO), Dr. Chan said that the principle of “One Country, Two Systems” has been practised successfully since the Basic Law came into effect on 1 July 1997.
“The HKSAR exercises a high degree of autonomy in accordance with the Basic Law and enjoys executive, legislative and independent judicial power, including that of final adjudication,” said Dr. Chan.
During the visit today, Dr. Chan also met with the university students to brief them how the Basic Law sets the parameters for Hong Kong's political system, economic and external affairs, etc, and offers room for further development. “The ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle has been strictly observed since Hong Kong’s return to the Motherland in 1997. The Central Government fully supports Hong Kong’s economic development to ensure Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity,” Dr. Chan added.
In the meantime, Dr Chan took the opportunity in Toronto to have dinner with the Chinese community leaders and education professionals from Hong Kong and present the Chinese Basic Law Debate Contest Awards to the university winning teams. Dr. Chan spoke to more than 40 guests that the HKSAR, recognized as “Hong Kong, China”, has participated in more than 22,500 international conferences not limited to states, including those organized by the World Trade Organization and the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation.
“The Basic Law provides the blueprint for the HKSAR’s future development and safeguards the fundamental rights and freedoms of Hong Kong people,” Dr. Chan said.
Tomorrow, Dr Chan will participate in the launch of the Hong Kong Basic Law Portal, developed by the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library at the University of Toronto and served as an online gateway to Basic Law research materials from major institutions around the world. The portal consultants include Prof. Ming K Chan, Hong Kong expert at the Center for East Asian Studies of Stanford University and Prof. Simon Young, former Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong. The Canada-Hong Kong Library currently maintains the largest collection of both in-print and digital Basic Law-related documents in North America. The portal will provide free access to a most comprehensive collection of Basic Law materials, which will continue to be one of the primary focuses for the library’s collection development.
The guests joining Dr. Chan to officiate at the ceremony will include Dr. Vivienne Poy, Chair of Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Canada Crosscurrents Project; Miss Gloria Lo, Director of HKETO; Professor Ming K. Chan; Mr. Larry Alford, Chief Librarian of University of Toronto Libraries; and Dr. Jack Hang-tat Leong, Director of Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library.
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Dr. Eugene Chan visits Toronto to share Hong Kong's experience in implementing the Basic Law in the past 15 years as well as how the Basic Law serves as a driving force for Hong Kong to keep forging ahead. From left: Dr. Chan; Miss Gloria Lo, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto; Jim Peterson, Former Minister of International Trade of Canada; and David Matheson, Past National Chair of Hong Kong-Canada Business Association.
Speaking at a lunch seminar on the 'Implementation of the Basic Law in Hong Kong', Dr. Eugene Chan says that the principle of 'One Country, Two Systems' has been practiced successfully since the Basic Law came into effect on 1 July 1997.
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