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Published: 23:29, July 29, 2021 | Updated: 23:38, July 29, 2021
Justice chief: HK reverted to a safe, inclusive society
By Wang Zhan
Published:23:29, July 29, 2021 Updated:23:38, July 29, 2021 By Wang Zhan

Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng (left) meets with the Chairman of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law Committee of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Shen Chunyao, in Beijing on July 29, 2021. (PHOTO/HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah said the city has reverted to a safe, rational and inclusive society after the implementation of the National Security Law, adding that the principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong" is upheld by improving the electoral system.

She made the remarks while meeting with Shen Chunyao, chairman of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law Committee of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in Beijing on Thursday.

She said that the Basic Law 30th Anniversary Legal Summit organized by the Department of Justice last year enabled the public to establish a better understanding of the Basic Law. The second legal summit on the Basic Law will be held next year, she added.

Teresa Cheng said it is crucial to uphold "one country, two systems", prevent acts endangering national security and implement the principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong" to ensure the steadfast and successful implementation of "one country, two systems" as well as Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability

She pointed out that the DoJ has been carrying out promotion through different activities to give young people, in particular students, a proper understanding of the basic concepts of the Constitution, the Basic Law and the National Security Law.

During her visit to Beijing, Cheng and the officials in her entourage also introduced the works of the DoJ to State Councilor and Minister of Public Security, Zhao Kezhi, and the Assistant Minister of Public Security, Chen Siyuan.

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She said it is crucial to uphold "one country, two systems", prevent acts endangering national security and implement the principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong" to ensure the steadfast and successful implementation of "one country, two systems" as well as Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability.

They also talked about exploring the arrangements for facilitating people participating in arbitral proceedings to travel to and from Hong Kong.

During a meeting with the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Ma Zhaoxu and the Director-General of the Department of Treaty and Law Jia Guide, Cheng said the DoJ will host the Annual Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization at the end of this year. The event, which has been postponed last year due to the pandemic, is expected to help further enhance Hong Kong's status as an international legal and dispute resolution services center.

Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng (left), meets with the Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi in Beijing on July 29, 2021 to give an account of the latest situation in Hong Kong after the National Security Law has taken effect. (PHOTO/HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

Cheng then called on the Ministry of Justice and signed a framework arrangement concerning legal talent exchanges and training cooperation with the Minister of Justice, Tang Yijun. Under the arrangement, more two-way cooperation channels are to be developed.

Cheng will continue her visit in Beijing on Friday.

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