Speaking at a reception to celebrate National Day, Lam said the SAR was now in the best position since the handover to leverage its advantages under the arrangement and to integrate into the country’s development.
“At this time when we are celebrating the National Day, we should appreciate more deeply the central authorities’ determination to uphold the ‘one country, two systems’ principle and their unfailing care for Hong Kong people,” she said.
“In return, we should reassure the country by taking a firm stance in safeguarding national security and implementing the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong.”
The chief executive said that with Hong Kong now “back to the right track,” and as long as people all remain steadfast in safeguarding the country’s sovereignty and development interests businesses and people will only have more opportunities on the mainland.
Meanwhile, four members of the League of Social Democrats marched to Wan Chai’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the flag-raising ceremony and reception took place, to demand that the authorities release what they described as “political prisoners”.