20 Years of One Country, Two Systems

Mrs Ip Lau Suk-yee Regina a ended the symposium and discussed the governance of HKSAR over the past 20 years.

The 20th anniversary of the founding of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is an opportune moment to reflect on the progress of the implementation of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle. In order to provide a forum for discussions on the integration process over the last 20 years and to explore the challenges ahead, the Department of Public Policy and local think tank SynergyNet co-organised a full-day symposium at City University of Hong Kong on July 15 last year to discuss this issue.

Professor YEP Kin-man Ray, Associate Head of the Department of Public Policy delivered the opening remarks for the symposium. Eight prominent speakers from diverse backgrounds were invited to present at the symposium, including Professor CHEN Lijun, Professor of the Centre for Studies of Hong Kong, Macau and Pearl River Delta at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou; Professor LUI Tai-lok, Chair Professor of Hong Kong Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong; Professor HO Ming-sho, Professor of the Department of Sociology at National Taiwan University; Mrs IP LAU Suk-yee Regina, Chairperson of the New People's Party; Professor PEI Minxin, Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College; Mr HO Chun-yan Albert, former Chairman of the Democratic Party; Professor HSU Szuechin of the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University; and Professor WONG Yue-chim, the Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy at the University of Hong Kong.

The symposium discussed the governance of HKSAR over the past 20 years, evaluated the successes and failures of the implementation of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle, and examined the opportunities and challenges for Hong Kong amid a globalised economy. Speakers also shared their insights into the political and economic development of mainland China, and analysed Hong Kong's strategic role in the future development of mainland China.

The symposium showcased quality and rigorous debates from a range of perspectives, not only among speakers, but also between speakers and the participants. The symposium attracted more than 100 participants from various sectors of society. The constructive dialogues between speakers and participants were indeed helpful in promoting knowledge transfer and community engagement.