The Basic Law (BL) is the constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Put into effect on July 1, 1997, it enshrines within a legal document the important concept of “One Country, Two Systems".
Q: Has the Central Government or any Mainland province interfered in the running of the HKSAR Government?
A: No. Hong Kong has enjoyed a high degree of autonomy since reunification on July 1, 1997. In accordance with the Basic Law, the Central People's Government (CPG) has scrupulously upheld the principle of 'One Country, Two Systems' and the promise of 'Hong Kong people running Hong Kong'. No province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the CPG has interfered in the affairs which the HKSAR Government administers on its own in accordance with the Basic Law. (BL Articles 2; 12; 22)