Zhang stresses of­fice’s con­tri­bu­tion to HK

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By LUIS LIU in Hong Kong luis­liu@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

The cen­tral govern­ment’s top li­ai­son of­fi­cial called on his col­leagues to re­main com­mit­ted to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties serv­ing Hong Kong and safe­guard­ing the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple.

Zhang Xiaom­ing, direc­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Govern­ment in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, was speak­ing at the 70th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of Hong Kong Branch of the Xin­hua New Agency — the pre­de­ces­sor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice.

Work­ing at the Li­ai­son Of­fice was not sim­ply do­ing a job, ex­plained Zhang. It was a role which was un­prece­dented; in­deed, in the words of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, it was a “great ini­tia­tive”. It was also a sig­nif­i­cant chap­ter in the Chi­nese Dream, added Zhang.

“Thus ev­ery­one should be com­mit­ted and re­spon­si­ble,” he ad­vised. He urged his col- leagues to con­tin­u­ing work­ing to over­come dif­fi­cult chal­lenges and to al­ways per­se­vere. “This is so we can ful­fill our du­ties and leave a record of our ac­com­plish­ments,” noted Zhang.

He also praised the sig­nif­i­cance of the Xin­hua Hong Kong Branch dur­ing the early his­tory of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China. It later played a vi­tal role dur­ing Hong Kong’s re­turn to the coun­try.

The Li­ai­son Of­fice has firmly im­ple­mented the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple, up­held the Ba­sic Law — Hong Kong’s con­sti­tu­tional doc­u­men­tary — and sup­ported the SAR govern­ment in ac­cor­dance with the law. It had safe­guarded the coun­try’s sovereignty, se­cu­rity, de­vel­op­ment as well as Hong Kong’s pros­per­ity, sta­bil­ity, Zhang stressed.

More­over, with the Li­ai­son Of­fice’s help, the role of Hong Kong pa­tri­ots had grown in in­flu­ence, Zhang said. Li­ais­ing with all sec­tors in the city, the of­fice ac­tively pro­moted co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Hong Kong and the main­land.

In fu­ture, the of­fice will step up ef­forts in ex­tend­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of the “one coun­try, two sys­tems”. This was es­pe­cially im­por­tant af­ter Pres­i­dent Xi stressed the im­por­tance of this prin­ci­ple dur­ing his visit to Hong Kong for the 20th an­niver­sary of the SAR.

He hoped the of­fice, along with all Chi­nese peo­ple — in­clud­ing those from Hong Kong — could help in the re­al­iza­tion of the Chi­nese Dream.

The Xin­hua Hong Kong Branch was set up in the city in 1947. It was not just a press of­fice, but later served as a de facto con­sulate in Hong Kong be­cause China did not rec­og­nize Bri­tish sovereignty over the colony.

Its li­ai­son branch was re­placed by the Li­ai­son Of­fice in 2000. Now, Xin­hua’s Hong Kong Branch is purely a news or­ga­ni­za­tion.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

The cer­e­mony to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of Xin­hua News Agency’s Hong Kong Branch — pre­de­ces­sor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Govern­ment in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion — is held at the Li­ai­son Of­fice on Fri­day.

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