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Xi Expresses Confidence in new HK chief executive

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President Xi Jinping Saturday expressed confidence in the new chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administra­tive Region (HKSAR) leading the Asian financial hub to achieve new developmen­t.

In their meeting shortly after Lam Cheng Yuetngor was sworn in, Xi said he believed Lam can lead the new HKSAR government and all sectors of Hong Kong society to score new achievemen­ts in various undertakin­gs.

As Hong Kong marks the 20th anniversar­y of its return to China, Xi said “great responsibi­lities and a glorious mission” had fallen on Lam’s shoulders.

“Hong Kong people are placing great hopes in you, and the central government also has high expectatio­ns for you,” Xi told Lam.

He urged Lam to earnestly carry out her duties as the chief executive, implement the “one country, two systems” principle in a comprehens­ive and accurate manner, and safeguard the authority of the country’s Constituti­on and the HKSAR Basic Law.

Efforts should also be made to further develop Hong Kong’s economy, improve the well-being of its people, and maintain the region’s prosperity and stability, Xi said.

“The central government will give full support to you and the new HKSAR government to administer Hong Kong according to law and break new ground in the great cause of ‘one country, two systems,’” Xi said.

Lam, for her part, said Xi’s Hong Kong trip is a symbol of the central government’s support for the HKSAR, adding that Xi’s speeches will boost confidence in the SAR’s future.

She said she will bring into full play Hong Kong’s advantages during her five-year term, and “do a good job together with the administra­tive team under the support of the central government.” After the meeting, Lam accompanie­d Xi to meet key figures of Hong Kong’s executive, legislativ­e, and judicial bodies.

Calling them the “key few,” a term Xi has used to refer to leading officials at central, provincial/ ministeria­l and local levels, the president said they constitute the “core force” in implementi­ng the “one country, two systems” principle and the HKSAR Basic Law, and in administer­ing Hong Kong.

They must position themselves at the national level when carrying out their work and dealing with problems, in order to conscienti­ously protect national sovereignt­y, security, and developmen­t interests, and fulfill their duties to the nation.

“One country, two systems” is a great pioneering initiative unpreceden­ted in human history, Xi said.

He called on them to face up to challenges and take initiative­s to ensure comprehens­ive and accurate implementa­tion of the “one country, two systems” principle, resolve conflicts and difficulti­es involving the economy and people’s wellbeing which had accumulate­d over time, and improve youth education on national history and culture.

They should also endeavour to crack down and curb “Hong Kong independen­ce” activities in order to safeguard the overall stability of the Hong Kong society, Xi added.

As a holistic entity, the HKSAR government’s administra­tive team should fully carry out and improve the executive-led system with the chief executive as its core, Xi noted.

He encouraged the team to properly deal with the relationsh­ip between executive and legislativ­e bodies so as to ensure the government’s smooth and effective governance. Conscienti­ous efforts should be made to uphold the unity of the administra­tive team and the authority of the chief executive, Xi said, calling on the team to jointly safeguard the credit and prestige of the government as a whole.” -Xinhua

 ?? Photo: Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng ?? Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) meets with Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor shortly after she was sworn in as the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administra­tive Region, in Hong Kong, south China, July 1, 2017.
Photo: Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) meets with Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor shortly after she was sworn in as the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administra­tive Region, in Hong Kong, south China, July 1, 2017.

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