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Six Monthly Report to Parliament on Hong Kong

The UK Government published its latest Six-Monthly Report to Parliament on Hong Kong covering developments from 1 July to 31 December 2013.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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The Report covers a broad range of political, economic and constitutional developments and an overview of UK/Hong Kong bilateral activity over the reporting period.

British Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon William Hague MP, writes in his foreword to the Report:

Britain’s commitment to Hong Kong remains as strong as ever. As a signatory of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and a country with many ties to Hong Kong in the fields of trade, economy, culture and education, it is vital to us that Hong Kong continues to prosper.

Mr Hague also writes:

I believe the best way to preserve Hong Kong’s strengths is through a transition to universal suffrage which meets the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong.

Mr Hague welcomes reports that a broad range of groups and individuals are engaging in the consultation on constitutional reform, saying “the ultimate shape of the constitutional reform package will be for the people of Hong Kong, and the governments of Hong Kong and China to decide, in line with the Basic Law and the decisions made by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress.”

The Report concludes that “One Country, Two Systems” continues to work well, in general, and that the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Joint Declaration continue to be upheld.

Further Information

Read the six monthly report on Hong Kong in full

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Published 11 February 2014