Twenty years after the handover to China, Hong Kong has a promising future as a bridge between its sovereign and the rest of the world and the “one country, two systems” model is working well, the top U.S. envoy in the city says.
Tong, who took the helm at the U.S. consulate in August last year, said his government was still very much in the business of building better relations with Hong Kong, and he expected incoming leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to forge deeper ties with the U.S.
“My basic story is that Hong Kong is working, and the idea of ‘one country, two systems’ is working,” Tong said, before returning to Washington next week to deliver his assessment of the current situation in the city.
“The task for everyone now is to continue to build on the success, not question it.”
The city, with its strong legal system, still had “real value” in China’s overall endeavour to integrate economically and socially with the rest of the world, said Tong, a trade veteran and former US ambassador to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum.
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