Hong Kong: Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision to remove references to the separation of powers and its impact on judicial independence and other aspects of “one country, two systems" in text books in Hong Kong.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Joint Declaration vests Hong Kong with executive, legislative and independent judicial power, and the executive is accountable to the legislature. It is imperative that the roles of these branches, as envisaged by the Joint Declaration, are respected, and that Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy remains intact.

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