"One country, two systems" ensures Hong Kong's prosperity: Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

President Xi Jinping says China will work to ensure a 'far-reaching future' for Hong Kong's autonomy

"Any attempt to endanger China's sovereignty and security ... or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses a red line", Xi said on Saturday.

The visit was Mr Xi's first to the city since becoming leader in 2013 and comes three years after mass pro-democracy rallies crippled parts of the territory for months.

However, he said Hong Kong had to do more to shore up security and boost patriotic education, apparently referencing pieces of legislation long-delayed by popular opposition.

"The people of Hong Kong, now masters of their own house, run their local affairs within the purview of autonomy of the HKSAR", he was quoted as saying by China's state-run Xinhua news agency. The protesters, including activist Joshua Wong, a leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, managed to obscure the statue from view. Scores of them were arrested. Progress in the "integration" of China and Hong Kong in the economic field seems to sustain the tough stance of the Xi administration. "Maybe one day we will be in big enough numbers that the government can't ignore", he added.

"[We are willing to] draw conclusions from the experience, look into the future and to ensure "one country, two systems" is stable and has a far-reaching future". "We the succeeding generation should practice and develop "one country, two systems" with firm resolve", Xi said.

"[Hong Kong] can not afford to be torn apart by reckless moves or internal rifts", Xi added.

Charles Li Xiaojia, CEO of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, which operates the city's bourse, has observed the city's evolution from the mainland's fundraising center into the nation's global wealth-management hub, top offshore risk management center and global asset pricing pivot.

In the latter part of his speech, Xi adopted a softer stance by calling on the public to solve problems through sensible communication instead of political confrontation. "On the contrary, it can only severely hinder Hong Kong's economic and social development".

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In her address, Lam also recognised the challenges that Hong Kong is facing but added that the territory's problems can not be solved overnight and she needed everyone's help. Taiwan saw a boost in 2016, as a total of 1,086 Hong Kong Chinese became Taiwan permanent residents, the highest figure for the last decade.

As more young people are identifying as Hong Kongers and requesting democracy, they are likely to resort to civil disobedience to make sure that the "core values" of "two systems" do not change, and the number of confrontations is expected to increase, he said.

"In the next five days, I'll be speaking to my team and making sure I do not let the central government or the people of Hong Kong down".

Addressing the dinner held in honor of him Friday, the president called on Hong Kong to leverage its institutional advantage of "one country, two systems" to create new growth drivers and new space for development.

As Xi spoke, thousands of pro-democracy protesters set off from Victoria Park.

News of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and prominent Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ill health made for an additional focal point.

There are growing fears that those freedoms are now under threat from an assertive Beijing, with Chinese authorities accused of interfering in a range of areas in Hong Kong, from politics to media and education.

The proposition was quickly refuted by the British Foreign Office, which told Reuters that the declaration "is a legally binding treaty, registered with the United Nations and continues to be in force".

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