Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, right, poses for a photo with the HKSAR's newly-appointed Commissioner of Police Tang Ping-keung, in Hong Kong, Nov 19, 2019. (PHOTO / INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HKSAR)
BEIJING/HONG KONG - China's State Council on Tuesday appointed Tang Ping-keung as Commissioner of Police of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), replacing Lo Wai-chung.
The decision was made in accordance with the HKSAR Basic Law, and based on the nomination and suggestion of HKSAR's Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.
Tang expressed his hope that the public would continue to support police in law enforcement so as to restore order in Hong Kong as soon as possible
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Speaking after his appointment, Tang expressed his hope that the public would continue to support police in law enforcement so as to restore order in Hong Kong as soon as possible.
In the monthslong social unrests stemming from the extradition bill incident, radicals have ignored and broken the rule of law, setting fires, blocking roads and assaulting Hong Kong residents and police officers, Tang said.
"We hope that violence will be stopped, and that public order in Hong Kong will be restored as soon as possible," said Tang.
According to a HKSAR government press release issued Tuesday morning, Lam expressed her confidence in Tang leading the Hong Kong Police Force. "Mr Tang has served in the Hong Kong Police Force for over 30 years and has extensive experience in criminal investigation, international liaison as well as operational command," Lam was quoted as saying.
On behalf of the HKSAR government, Lam conveyed her appreciation to Lo's contribution to the HKSAR and commended him for his efforts in maintaining the HKSAR as "one of the safest cities in the world".
"He has demonstrated dedication and determination in safeguarding Hong Kong and upholding the rule of law in dealing with the social unrests in the past few months," Lam was quoted as saying.
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