Former HK LegCo president on the city’s electoral system changes

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    China’s National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference are still hard at work. Being deliberated is a draft decision to improve Hong Kong’s electoral system. Revisions are expected to keep patriots in Hong Kong’s executive and legislative branches while allowing diverse opinions to be heard. So why is it necessary to make changes to HK’s electoral system? CGTN brings you some insights from Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, former HK LegCo president.

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    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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