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Hong Kong and Macao: EU publishes annual report on political and economic developments

The European Commission and the High Representative have today adopted their latest annual reports on political and economic developments in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and in the Macao Special Administrative Region during the year 2022.

The annual report on political and economic developments in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region illustrates the continued erosion of Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, democratic principles, and fundamental freedoms that were supposed to be protected until at least 2047. These developments cast further doubt on China’s commitment to the “one country, two systems” principle. In 2022, the EU was Hong Kong’s third-largest trading partner in goods.

The annual report on political and economic developments in the Macao Special Administrative Region shows a growing focus on national security that bears the risk of undermining fundamental freedoms in Macao and eroding the “one country, two systems” principle and Macao’s high degree of autonomy. In the first 11 months of 2022, the EU overtook mainland China to become Macao’s largest trading partner in goods.

The two full press releases are available online: Hong Kong and Macao.

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For more information on EU relations with Hong Kong and Macao, consult the website of the EU Office

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