Video: ‘One Country, Two Systems’ lauded in new rap song by state news agency Xinhua

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty, Chinese state media outlet Xinhua has produced a new track praising the city’s “One Country, Two Systems” policy of autonomy.

It follows Xinhua’s hip-hop video promoting President Xi Jinping’s “Four Comprehensives” political theory released last year, and communist party mouthpiece People’s Daily’s rap song on the “One Belt One Road” political-economic strategy released in May.

The first verse of the new track introduces “One Country, Two Systems.” The second praises joint mainland-Hong Kong initiatives such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the links between the stock exchanges of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

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One line goes: “The fifth chief executive [Carrie Lam] was elected, but the Central Government’s appointment is necessary.”

The track concludes with a list of Hong Kong’s shopping and tourist attractions.

Xinhua One Country Two Systems handover rap

‘Egg waffles, so fragrant.’ Photo: Screenshot.

The first chorus praises the flag of the special administrative region:

The bauhinia flag has a red canvas;
A red canvas that comes from [China’s] five-stared red flag;

The bauhinia flag has five stamens;
[Hong Kong] will be forever together with its motherland.

Within hours, the video had been parodied by YouTuber TheSilverSpleen…