Li Fei, deputy director of the Committee for the Macau Basic Law under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), said Tuesday that the country’s two systems [the mainland’s socialist system and Macau’s capitalist system] should coordinate with each other rather than contradict each other.
According to The Macau Post Daily, Li made the appeal in Tuesday’s talk on the implementation of the nation’s “one country, two systems” policy and the Basic Law in Macau, held by the Macau Basic Law Promotion Association (AOLBM) at the Macau Science Centre.
Invited guests included Li, Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, Liaison Office Vice Director Chan Kai Meng, Foreign Ministry Deputy Commissioner Feng Tie and Legislative Assembly President Lau Cheok Va.
According to Li, there are five relationships that need to be understood to guarantee the long-term implementation of the “one country, two systems” policy and the Basic Law.
According to Li, the five relationships are: the relationship between the mainland’s socialist system and Macau’s capitalist system; the relationship between the central government and Macau; the relationship between Macau’s own political bodies; the relationship between keeping Macau’s original [pre-1999] system and political reform; and the relationship between the nation’s development strategy and Macau’s development strategy.
Li underlined the relationship between the central government and Macau as the most important foundation to ensure that the “one country, two systems” policy and the Basic Law work well.
“Around the world, countries with different social systems should maintain a peaceful relationship with each other and in our country socialism and capitalism can co-exist in harmony,” Li added.
He further explained the core of the power relationship between the central government and Macau, pointing out that the former is the one to authorise while the latter is to be authorised.
Li explained that it was through the understanding of the complementary relationship between the two systems that the “one country, two systems” policy and the Basic Law can continue in a long-term implementation approach.
“Deeming the two systems to be contrary would eventually lead to the elimination of either system,” said Li.
“When the relationship between the central government and Macau is well handled then the relationship between the two systems [China’s socialist system and Macau’s capitalist system], will also work well, as all well as all the other relationships” Li concluded.(macaunews)