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Confidence in 'one country, two systems' has dipped, says poll

Proportion of respondents who expressed confidence in it was 77% in 2007; it is now 49.1%

Xinhua quoted Chinese President Xi Jinping as having described 'one country, two systems' as the best institutional arrangement for Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, in remarks that showed Beijing as having no plans to back down from its control of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

FOR 20 years now, Hong Kong has functioned under China's 'one country, two systems' rule, a set-up that the authorities on both sides say has contributed greatly to the city's success.

But critics say the delicate balancing act has increasingly come under strain in recent...

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