President Xi Jinping hears work reports in Beijing delivered via video link on Wednesday by Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. [Photo/Xinhua] President praises Hong Kong, Macao leaders' use of key governance principle President Xi Jinping stressed the significance of patriotism in the governance of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and he voiced strong support for the work of the SAR government on Wednesday. Xi made the remark after hearing via video link Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's report on the SAR government's work over the past year. Xi also heard a report from Macao SAR Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng. Patriots governing Hong Kong is a fundamental principle that is key to China's national sovereignty, security and development interests as well as important to the region's long-term prosperity and stability, Xi said. The central government's full jurisdiction over Hong Kong can be effectively implemented only when the SAR is governed by patriots, Xi said. Only under the governance of patriots will Hong Kong maintain order, stipulated by the Constitution and the Basic Law, resolve its various problems effectively, achieve long-term peace and stability and make due contributions to national rejuvenation, Xi added. The outbreak of the fourth wave of COVID-19 has had multiple impacts on Hong Kong, an international city with a high degree of openness, Xi said, adding that he cares very much about the safety, health and work of the people there. The central government has taken and will continue to take all necessary measures to support Hong Kong in its fight against the pandemic, and the people should firm up their confidence and stay united in the anti-epidemic fight, Xi said. The motherland is always the solid backing of Hong Kong and the current difficulties will definitely be overcome, Xi said. Xi said that in the past year, Lam and the Hong Kong SAR government have properly handled various challenges including social unrest, the pandemic and unfavorable changes in external circumstances. They have tried their best to maintain order, control disease, help the people out of difficulties and restore the economy, and they achieved some progress, he said. On major issues such as national security, Lam has taken a firm stand and assumed responsibilities, demonstrating her love for and deep sense of responsibility to the motherland and Hong Kong, Xi said. "What should be noted is that since the National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted the National Security Law for the Hong Kong SAR, you have led the SAR government in resolutely enforcing it, stopping violence and chaos in accordance with the law and working to bring Hong Kong back on track," Xi told Lam. "The central authorities fully acknowledge your performance and the performance of the Hong Kong SAR government in fulfilling its duties," Xi said.