Car­rie Lam meets new head of Li­ai­son Of­fice

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

The cen­tral govern­ment’s new top li­ai­son of­fi­cial vis­ited the chief ex­ec­u­tive at the Govern­ment House of the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion on Thurs­day.

This is the first of­fi­cial meet­ing be­tween the two lead­ers af­ter the State Coun­cil’s new se­ries of ap­point­ment last week.

CE Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet­ngor ex­tended a warm wel­come to Wang Zhimin, di­rec­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Govern­ment in the HKSAR. He is re­turn­ing to the city.

Wang served in the Hong Kong Li­ai­son Of­fice a few years ago. Last week, upon the State Coun­cil’s ap­point­ment, he left his pre­vi­ous post as the li­ai­son chief in Ma­cao and suc­ceeded Zhang Xiaom­ing, for­mer li­ai­son chief in Hong Kong and newly ap­pointed di­rec­tor of the Hong Kong and Ma­cao Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil.

Lam said she be­lieved that un­der Wang’s lead­er­ship, the Li­ai­son Of­fice would con­tinue to support the work of the SAR govern­ment in ac­cor­dance with the Ba­sic Law and the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple, to help main­tain and con­trib­ute to Hong Kong’s pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity.

She noted that the coun­try’s cur­rent eco­nomic devel­op­ment, its open­ing-up pol­icy, the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and the Guang­dongHong Kong-Ma­cao Greater Bay Area devel­op­ment present Hong Kong with tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Lam said she hoped the Li­ai­son Of­fice would con­tinue to help pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Hong Kong and the main­land so the SAR can give full play to its unique ad­van­tages and boost devel­op­ment.

She also ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to Wang for his support for Hong Kong’s young peo­ple over the years. Lam said she looked for­ward to join­ing with him to ex­plore more op­por­tu­ni­ties and pro­vide as­sis­tance for Hong Kong young peo­ple who are will­ing to study and par­tic­i­pate in in­tern­ship pro­grams on the main­land and also to de­velop ca­reers.

Wang said that Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s in­spec­tion visit to Hong Kong to mark the 20 an­niver­sary of the SAR re­ceived good feed­back in the city. The peo­ple in Hong Kong were think­ing more about sta­bil­ity and pro­gress­ing, Wang said.

He spoke highly of the work of Lam and her ad­min­is­tra­tion, which fo­cuses on pro­mot­ing eco­nomic devel­op­ment and ad­dress­ing liveli­hood is­sues.

New poli­cies and mea­sures on var­i­ous as­pects in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, youth, hous­ing and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion have brought new out­look in the city, Wang said.

The di­rec­tor said the Li­ai­son Of­fice would con­tinue to fully im­ple­ment the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple and the Ba­sic Law, sup­port­ing the CE and the SAR govern­ment in car­ry­ing out its work in ac­cor­dance with the law.

He vowed to push for­ward Hong Kong-main­land com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion, as­sist Hong Kong to play its part in var­i­ous na­tional devel­op­ment strate­gies.

Wang also pledged to make new con­tri­bu­tions to safe­guard­ing the coun­try’s sovereignty, na­tional se­cu­rity and devel­op­ment in­ter­ests. He is also keen to main­tain Hong Kong’s long-term pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity and to pro­mote the long-term im­ple­men­ta­tion of “one coun­try, two sys­tems”.

IN­FOR­MA­TION SER­VICES DE­PART­MENT

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor meets Wang Zhimin, di­rec­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Govern­ment in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, at Govern­ment House on Thurs­day.

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