Le­ung up­beat af­ter vis­it­ing State lead­ers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By KAHON CHAN in Hong Kong kahon@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment was sin­cere about im­ple­ment­ing uni­ver­sal suf­frage in the 2017 Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Elec­tion and hoped the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on con­sti­tu­tional re­form in the SAR could be com­pleted smoothly, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive (CE) said on Tues­day.

Le­ung Chun- ying met Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee ( NPCSC) Chair­man Zhang De­jiang in Bei­jing on Tues­day. Le­ung later told re­porters that the meet­ing, which took place at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple, had fo­cused on po­lit­i­cal re­forms in Hong Kong.

Le­ung said the NPC chair­man was very well in­formed about dif­fer­ent opin­ions raised by the Hong Kong pub­lic since the launch of the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. This in­cluded feed­back on views ex­pressed by Li Fei, head of the HKSAR Ba­sic Law Com­mit­tee un­der the NPCSC.

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang, who also met the CE on Tues­day, urged Hong Kong to seize op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided by new re­forms on the Chi­nese main­land — while the main­land could also ben­e­fit from Hong Kong’s suc­cess.

Li said the main­land was en­ter­ing a new stage of re­forms based on the blue­print adopted at the Third Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China. He said China was look­ing for­ward to a bright fu­ture.

Li said the new re­forms could also help Hong Kong to im­prove its com­pet­i­tive edge and main­tain sta­ble fi­nan­cial mar­kets.

In re­sponse, Le­ung pledged to make the most of cen­tral gov­ern­ment poli­cies to boost de­vel­op­ment and eco­nomic growth. He also ac­knowl­edged Bei­jing’s sup­port for Hong Kong’s econ­omy and help in sta­bi­liz­ing prop­erty prices.

Li reaf­firmed the main­land’s sup­port for the Hong Kong gov­ern­ment. He said the cen­tral gov­ern­ment re­mained com­mit­ted to up­hold­ing the “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems” prin­ci­ple and the Ba­sic Law.

The pre­mier said the cen­tral gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to pro­mote the well­be­ing of Hong Kong peo­ple. This would in­clude greater co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the main­land and Hong Kong in fu­ture.

Le­ung, who be­gan his trip on Mon­day, will be joined by three Hong Kong gov­ern­ment sec­re­taries. They will meet Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on Wed­nes­day.

The heads of the Hong Kong and Ma­cao SARs were both in Bei­jing meet­ing State lead­ers.

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Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang meets Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Le­ung Chun-ying in Bei­jing on Tues­day.

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