Ne w SAR gov­ern­ment aims to ease pres­sure on po­lit­i­cal par ties

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WILLA WU in Hong Kong willa@ chi­nadai­lyhk. com

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Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet- ngor on Mon­day said the new gov­ern­ment would de­liver bet­ter poli­cies to “re­lease lo­cal po­lit­i­cal par­ties from pres­sure” and “share with them the fruits” gained through de­vel­op­ment.

The new leader said the gov­ern­ment was “more than happy ” to do this. But L am ex­plained that these par­ties had to show they love Hong Kong and the coun­try, and sin­cerely up­hold the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple and the Ba­sic Law. This was de­spite their dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions, she added.

Lam made the re­marks at the re­cep­tion for the 25 th an­niver­sary of the Demo­cratic Al­liance for the Bet­ter­ment and Progress of Hong Kong ( DAB) — the city ’s big­gest po­lit­i­cal party. This is seen as an­other step in Lam’s moves to heal the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tive- leg­isla­tive rift af­ter as­sum­ing of­fice.

Her ef­forts have re­ceived wide­spread recog­ni­tion from the city’s law­mak­ers. Dur­ing her lunch gath­er­ing with Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil mem­bers on Mon­day, 58 law­mak­ers at­tended. Cur­rently, LegCo has 68 leg­is­la­tors.

Lam praised the DAB for its love for Hong Kong, per­se­ver­ance in pro­mot­ing “one coun­try, two sys­tems” and its role su­per­vis­ing gov­ern­ment poli­cies. She added that the gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to work closely with the party. This would in­clude launch­ing more in- depth, peo­ple- ori­ented ac­tiv­i­ties in var­i­ous dis­tricts dur­ing her five- year term.

The re­cep­tion, held at the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter in Wan Chai, at­tracted many po­lit­i­cal heavy­weights. These in­cluded Zhang Xiaom­ing, di­rec­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, Tan Ben­hong, com­man­der of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Hong Kong Gar­ri­son and Le­ung Chun- ying, vice- chair­man of the coun­try’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sor y body — the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Na­tional Com­mit­tee.

Starry Lee Wai- king, DAB’s chair­per­son, said in her open­ing speech that her party would con­tinue to safe­guard “one coun­try, two sys­tems” — and sup­port gov­ern­ment poli­cies.

Lee said the DAB had de­vel­oped from a party once com­posed of just 56 peo­ple to the city ’s largest po­lit­i­cal party with 35,000 mem­bers, in­clud­ing 12 LegCo mem­bers and 117 dis­trict coun­cil mem­bers.

The party had also es­tab­lished more than 200 ser­vices cen­ters in 18 dis­tricts, she noted.

The DAB will ac­tively take a role in su­per vis­ing gov­ern­ment poli­cies. Party mem­bers would take the ini­tia­tive to con­tact se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to help make sug­ges­tions about key is­sues. These in­clude hous­ing, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, el­derly ser­vices, poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and education.

Lee re­vealed this would also in­clude pro­mot­ing the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and Guang­dong- Hong Kong- Ma­cao Greater Bay Area to pro­fes­sion­als, the youth and peo­ple from the mid­dle classes in the city. This aims to en­cour­age them to make full use of State- level strate­gies.

A vis­i­tor tries to play a

a tra­di­tional Chi­nese stringed mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, at the Bow­ers Mu­seum in Santa Ana, Cal­i­for­nia, on Sun­day. It was part of the mu­seum’s Chi­nese Cul­ture Day, which at­tracted the public to watch shows and ex­pe­ri­ence Chi­nese cul­ture.

ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet- ngor ( cen­ter); Zhang Xiaom­ing ( third right), di­rec­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion; Starry Lee Wai- king ( third left), chair­per­son of the Demo­cratic Al­liance for the Bet­ter­ment and Progress of Hong Kong ( DAB); Le­ung Chun- ying ( sec­ond left), vice- chair­man of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Na­tional Com­mit­tee, and other guests at­tend the re­cep­tion for the 25th an­niver­sary of the DAB held at the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter on Mon­day.

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