Despite the decisive nature of the transition, discussions with current and former officials in Hong Kong indicate that there have been no formal discussions about what is happening in 2047: Chan said it was simply “beyond us to think about it today.” But he and others, including government officials in Beijing, say all signs point to China`s readiness to leave Hong Kong`s economy alone as long as the city takes the political line. A spokeswoman for the office confirmed the response to Reuters this week. “There can be no question of an end to the Basic Law in 2047, because the People`s Republic of China will not change its basic policy in Hong Kong, that is, one country, two systems.” The principle is that after reunification, despite the practice of socialism in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao were the colonies of the United Kingdom and Portugal, their established system may remain under a high degree of autonomy until 50 years after reunification. But what happens after 2047 (Hong Kong) and 2049 (Macao) has never been publicly announced. Macau did not react in the same way, unlike the many demonstrations and riots that broke out in Hong Kong.  According to Jason Chao, a former president of the Pro-Democracy New Macao Association, Macau is in a different situation than Hong Kong because Macau does not want freedom and autonomy.  Instead, the majority of Macau`s population is pro-Chinese.   One reason is that about half of the 600,000 people living in Macau are Chinese immigrants.  In December 2019, Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People`s Congress, said there was a “strong sense of international identity” in Macau.
 In the first speech of the Secretary General of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, in Macau in December 2019, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the handover of the Portuguese to the Chinese, he described Macau as a “magnificent chapter in the short history of a country, two experiences of systems”.  The current Chief Executive, Ho Iat Seng, said that “Macao will be an example of China`s reunification,” and Xi agreed with the “Macau model” because Macau has properly followed the “one country, two systems” agreement.   As a reward for Macau`s peaceful behaviour and lack of anti-government protests, Xi Jinping Macau has given more Chinese land to Hengqin Island.  The aim is to enable Macau to develop its education and health system and to integrate Macao more physically with China.   When, in the 1980s, China`s supreme leader, Deng Xiaoping, first established the vision of “one country, two systems,” he viewed the agreement as an agreement that would preserve political and economic agreements in Hong Kong, Macao and on the mainland in a relatively intact manner and with mutual non-interference.