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Text of Hong Kong government press release entitled: "Response to US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) 2009 Annual Report on Hong Kong", carried by Hong Kong government website on 20 November
In response to media enquiries, a Government spokesman today (November 20) made the following response to comments in the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) 2009 Annual Report relating to Hong Kong:
"We are very concerned and consider it regrettable that the report has made groundless comments that the Central Government has continued to expand its influence over the government and economy of Hong Kong. On the contrary, since the Handover, Hong Kong has continued to enjoy a high degree of autonomy under 'One Country, Two Systems' guaranteed under the Basic Law.
The best proof that the provisions of the Basic Law and undertaking given in the …