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The reasons why ‘one country, two systems’ was chosen By Xiao Ping Tuesday, April 07, 2020, 01:41 By Xiao Ping Editor’s note: Following is the second of a series focused on the “one country, two systems” principle. When the implementation of “one country, two systems” ran into obstacles, some people wondered why “one country, two systems” was chosen in the first place and whether there had been other options in terms of system arrangements for Hong Kong after China resumed sovereign rule over the city. Undoubtedly, there was sufficient jurisprudential grounds for China to implement “one country, one system” in Hong Kong upon resuming the exercise of sovereign rule over the city in 1997. Choosing “one country, two systems” over “one country, one system”, according to Deng Xiaoping, was a political decision “in full respect of Hong Kong’s history and reality”. […] The story was Li’s way of showing how much the central authorities value what Hong Kong has to offer and why Beijing chose to implement “one country, two systems” in the SAR. Hong Kong had been separated from the motherland for so long, it had a hard time getting used to being a part of the family, given how different the motherland was from the United Kingdom.
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