Chief Executive Carrie Lam leads the way for delegates from Hong Kong and Macau, as Chinese President Xi Jinping meets representatives from the two special administrative regions, in Beijing in November 2018. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam is right about ‘two systems’: that’s why she must ask Beijing to extend 2047 deadline

  • Uncertainty over life post-2047 is at the heart of the Hong Kong protests. Lobbying to extend ‘one country, two systems’ and the rule of law beyond 2047 could help Lam safeguard the city’s capital markets and young people’s future
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Chief Executive Carrie Lam leads the way for delegates from Hong Kong and Macau, as Chinese President Xi Jinping meets representatives from the two special administrative regions, in Beijing in November 2018. Photo: Xinhua
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Hongkongers protesting outside the Hong Kong Trade Development Council symposium in Los Angeles, US, on September 21. “One country, two systems” does not have to die come 2047. Photo: Tony Cheung
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John Wilson

‘One country, two systems’ can continue past 2047 but the conversation has to start now

  • The Basic Law is not due to expire so a conversation is overdue on how Beijing contemplates Hong Kong’s legal and administrative systems after 2047
  • Nothing in the Basic Law says communism will apply after 50 years or that existing rights and freedoms will be cancelled

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Hongkongers protesting outside the Hong Kong Trade Development Council symposium in Los Angeles, US, on September 21. “One country, two systems” does not have to die come 2047. Photo: Tony Cheung
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