China’s top man in HK talks stability and prosperity with city’s first leader Tung Chee-hwa

11-Jan-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Beijing’s new envoy to Hong Kong met the city’s first chief executive Tung Chee-hwa on Thursday, and said he hoped the elder statesman would continue to play an active role in its stability and prosperity.

Luo Huining, who replaced Wang Zhimin as director of the central government’s liaison office, had “in-depth exchanges” with Tung, the vice-chair of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top advisory body, on the situation and deep-rooted problems in Hong Kong.

In September, commentaries and editorials run by mainland state media attributed the anti-government protests to social problems in the city, such as unaffordable housing.

During his courtesy call, Luo said Tung had made a historic contribution to the implementation of “one country, two systems” formula in Hong Kong when he served as chief executive, according to a statement published on the liaison office’s website on Friday.

Luo Huining, director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, with the city’s former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa (right).(Handout)

Luo Huining, director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, with the city’s former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa (right).(Handout)

Tung resigned as chief executive in 2005, citing health reasons, amid a public backlash over his push to introduce national security legislation. He then took up an elder statesman’s role.

“Luo said Tung had spared no effort to facilitate the development of the country and Hong Kong since he took up the vice-chairmanship of the CPPCC,” the statement said. “Luo said he hoped Tung would continue to play a proactive role in maintaining the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong.”

The new director is expected to meet Leung Chun-ying, another CPPCC vice-chair and former chief executive, in the days ahead.

In October 2017, Wang met Tung and Leung two weeks after he took up the post of liaison office director.

Luo met Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, on Thursday to urge her to redouble her efforts in quelling seven months of protest violence and chaos.

Seen as a veteran troubleshooter picked by Beijing to handle the political crisis in Hong Kong, Luo set out four tasks for Lam to do more and do better, in their first official meeting since the surprise reshuffle was announced last weekend.

He called on her to further ensure the “one country, two systems” principle for governing Hong Kong would continue to guide the city’s progress, do more to end the violence, further improve the economy and people’s livelihood, and further strengthen communication in handling the city’s problems.

Both expressed confidence that, with the nation’s backing and the concerted efforts of various sectors in Hong Kong, the city would be able to get back on track.



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