BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislator Li Zhanshu Tuesday called for efforts to promote the successful practice of "one country, two systems" with Macao's characteristics in accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR).
Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, made the remarks at a symposium marking the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Basic Law of the Macao SAR.
The successful implementation of the Basic Law in Macao has proven that only by forging a broad sense of national identity across the society, can the Basic Law be fully and faithfully carried out; only by safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, can Macao maintain long-term prosperity and stability; and only by including the Macao SAR in the country's governance system and overall development, can Macao progress toward a new, bright future, Li said.
He stressed that upholding the "one country, two systems" principle and advancing the reunification of China is a basic policy in upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.
Li raised four points for the comprehensive, faithful and effective implementation of the Basic Law in Macao:
-- The governance of the Macao SAR should be strictly based on the Constitution and the Basic Law of the SAR;
-- The central government's overall jurisdiction over the Macao SAR as well as the SAR's high degree of autonomy should be both carried out in accordance with the law;
-- The institutions for maintaining national security should continuously be improved to guard against external interference in Macao affairs and to thwart acts of secession, subversion, infiltration and sabotage;
-- Unremitting efforts must be made to improve the publicity of the Constitution and the Basic Law to promote the spirit of the rule of law.
Li added that upholding the "one country, two systems" principle, maintaining the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao, and pushing forward the peaceful reunification of the country signify a significant strength of China's state institutions and governance system.
During the symposium, Chief Executive of the Macao SAR Chui Sai On said the most precious experience of the successful practice of "one country, two systems" with Macao's characteristics lies in fully and faithfully implementing the Constitution and the Basic Law, following the principle of ensuring rights while fulfilling duties, and giving full play to the institutional advantages conferred by the Basic Law.
Vice Premier Han Zheng, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, as well as some 150 government officials, legislators, political advisors and scholars, attended the symposium.