Leung upbeat after visiting State leaders
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.
Premier Li Keqiang meets Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Beijing on Tuesday.