To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of Macao’s handover to China, the University of Macau (UM) held a seminar on the implementation of the Basic Law in Macao over the past two decades.
UM Rector Yonghua Song delivered a speech at the opening ceremony, in which he said that UM owes its rapid development to the successful implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy, which allowed UM to build on Hengqin Island a new campus that is nearly 20 times larger than the old one. Rector Song said that the new campus project showed the central government’s support for higher education in Macao and was an innovative implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy. He added that with the rapid development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy and the Basic Law will also enter a new era, which dictates that Macao must take full advantage of the policy and integrate with the Greater Bay Area.
Xu Ze, president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, praised the successful implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy in Macao and expressed his hope for UM to play a leadership role in cultural development in Macao. Liu Dexue, director of the Legal Affairs Bureau of Macao, discussed how to adhere to ‘One Country’ principle while ensuring that the two systems co-exist in harmony and create maximum benefits.
Experts and scholars from renowned universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University of China, Shenzhen University, Macau University of Science and Technology, and UM, attended the seminar and had an in-depth discussion on related topics, including the relationship between the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy and the governance of the nation, the Basic Law and the governance of the special administrative region, the development of the Greater Bay Area and Macao’s participation in the country’s development.
UM holds a seminar on the implementation of the Basic Law in Macao
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