Hong Kong 2006
Chapter 1:
Constitution and Administration
Role of the Chief Executive
The System of Government
- Executive Council
The System of Government
- Legislative Council
The System of Government
- District Administration
The Electoral System
HKSAR's External Affairs
Working Relationship of the HKSARG with the MFA Office
Working Relationship with the Mainland Authorities
Office of the HKSAR Government in Beijing
Advisory and Statutory Bodies
Structure of the Administration
Official Languages
Government Records Service
Office of The Ombudsman
Office of the Director of Audit
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Nine years after reunification, the principles of 'one country, two systems', 'a high degree of autonomy' and 'Hong Kong people running Hong Kong' have been fully implemented. The Government is determined to ensure that this remains the case, and stays committed to the full and faithful implementation of the Basic Law.

Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on July 1, 1997. The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) came into effect on the same day. The Basic Law prescribes the systems to be practised in the HKSAR.

Under the Basic Law, the HKSAR enjoys a high degree of autonomy in accordance with the principle of 'one country, two systems'. The HKSAR exercises executive, legislative and independent judicial power, including that of final adjudication. The HKSAR's executive authorities and legislature are composed of permanent residents of Hong Kong. The HKSAR remains a free port, a separate customs territory and an international financial centre and may, on its own, using the name 'Hong Kong, China', maintain and develop relations, and conclude and implement agreements with foreign states and regions, and international organisations in the appropriate fields, including the economic, trade, financial and monetary, shipping, communications, tourism, cultural and sports fields.

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