HK chief vows zero tolerance of secessionists, more land supply
Carrie Carrie Lam Lam Cheng Cheng Yuetngor, Yuetngor, chief chief executive executive of of the the Hong Hong Kong Kong Special Special Administrative Administrative Region, Region, said said on on Wednesday Wednesday that that the the government government will will “fearlessly” “fearlessly” move move in in accordance accordance with with the the law law against against acts acts that that advocate advocate “Hong Kong independence”.
In summarizing this year’s Policy Address to the Legislative Council, Lam emphasized the government’s firm stance on national security.
Lam said neither she nor the government will tolerate any advocacy of “independence” for Hong Kong or acts that threaten national security, sovereignty or development.
She also announced an ambitious plan to greatly increase the city’s land supply to address its housing issues.
In discussing no fewer than 250 new initiatives this year, Lam mentioned housing 84 times, compared with 45 times a year ago, making it the most frequently used word in her speech. Land was brought up 71 times, more than double the 34 times last year. Lam made land supply and housing a separate section of her speech, placing it before economy and people’s livelihoods.
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It is estimated it could provide residential units for 700,000 to 1.1 million people, with 70 percent being public housing, she said. The reclamation’s study and design work will start soon, with the aim of starting the first phase in 2025.
Lam said the SAR government will persevere in developing new land and building a land reserve. “The determination will never waver in the face of short-term fluctuations in the economy or the rise and fall of property prices,” she said.
Lantau, the city’s largest outlying island, which hosts Hong Kong International Airport, is seen as becoming a gateway to the world and other Guangdong-Hong KongMacao Greater Bay Area cities after the commissioning of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
Also planned are development of brownfield sites and after revitalization the commissioning of industrial of the buildings. Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao In Bridge. addition, Lam unveiled other Also policies planned such are as development improving women’s of brownfield rights sites and and revitalization innovation. of industrial buildings. The Democratic Alliance for the In Betterment addition, Lam and unveiled Progress other of Hong policies Kong, such the largest as improving city political women’s party rights in the and legislature, innovation showed its support for land and housing measures. Starry Lee Wai-king, the party chairwoman, said the speech responded to the public’s expectations.
The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce called the speech “visionary” in a way that will address the city’s difficulties.
The University Grants Committee, responsible for advising the SAR government on the funding and development of higher education, welcomed the new research initiatives.
Yang Zekun contributed to this story.
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