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People's Daily Editorial: Continue to write a new chapter in the successful practice of "one country, two systems"-warm congratulations to Macao on its 20th anniversary

——热烈祝贺澳门回归祖国20周年 Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, December 19th. People's Daily December 20th editorial: Continue to write a new chapter in the successful practice of "one country, two systems"-warm congratulations to Macao on its 20th anniversary of the return to the motherland

Twenty years ago, with the touching melody of "Song of the Seven Sons", Macao, after all the wind and rain, finally returned to the embrace of the motherland. Since then, Macao has embarked on a broad road of complementary advantages and common development with the homeland of the motherland. The reunification of the motherland has created another historical monument. Today, the Oujiang River is colorful, lotus flowers are blooming, and a vibrant, stable and peaceful Macao is standing on the shores of the South China Sea with a new attitude.

Time is the most faithful recorder and the most objective witness. In the 20 years since the return to China, Macau has undergone tremendous changes. The economy has grown rapidly, people ’s livelihood has continued to improve, and society is stable and harmonious. The gross domestic product has increased from 51.87 billion patacas in 1999 to 444.67 billion patacas in 2018. It is the first in Asia and the second in the world. It has achieved 15 years of free education from kindergarten to high school. Elderly, infants, primary and middle school students, and pregnant women are included in free medical care. The "Lotus Land" has created the best development situation in history. The great achievements of Macao's economic and social development have demonstrated to the world the successful practice of "one country, two systems" with Macao characteristics, and have demonstrated the great superiority and strong vitality of "one country, two systems".

President Xi Jinping pointed out: "'One country' is the root, and deep roots can be leafy; 'One country' is the root, and solid roots can flourish." In the 20 years since its return, the Macao Special Administrative Region has comprehensively and accurately understood and implemented the "one country, two systems" policy and correctly understood it. And properly handle the relationship between "one country" and "two systems", adhere to the foundation of "one country", make good use of the benefits of "two systems", and truly achieve mutual promotion and common development with the motherland. Practice has fully shown that only when a broad national identity is formed in the entire society can the Basic Law be fully and accurately implemented; only by effectively safeguarding national sovereignty, security, and development interests can we maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Macau; and only by actively integrating into the overall national development situation can we make Macau Towards a better future. Practice has eloquently proved that "one country, two systems" is the best solution to the Macau issue left over by history, and it is also the best system to maintain long-term prosperity and stability after the return of Macau. It is feasible, feasible, and popular!

"Adhering to the" one country, two systems ", maintaining the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao, and promoting the peaceful reunification of the motherland" is a significant advantage of China's national system and national governance system outlined by the Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee. Socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, which means that the "one country, two systems" cause has also entered a new era. To continue to advance the "one country, two systems" cause, we must firmly grasp the fundamental purpose of "one country, two systems", and jointly safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests, and maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau. We must adhere to governing Hong Kong by law, administering Australia by law, and guaranteeing "one country, two systems". "Practice; must adhere to the principle of" one country "and respect the" two systems "difference, maintain the central government's full governance of the special administrative region and guarantee the high degree of autonomy of the special administrative region, give play to the strong backing role of the motherland, and enhance the special administrative region's own competitiveness. Combined, we can't be partial at any time. Only in this way can the practice of "one country, two systems" be stable, practical, and far-reaching in the right direction, and Hong Kong and Macau can have a better tomorrow.

Today, Macau has stood at a new historical starting point. With the "one country, two systems" system guarantee, the great motherland as a strong backing, the patriotism and love of Australia, and the concerted efforts of the Macao compatriots, the beautiful lotus of Macao will surely bloom with more gorgeous and charming colors.

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