BEIJING - The country’s top political advisory body on Wednesday re-elected two former Hong Kong Special Administrative Region chief executives – Tung Chee-hwa and Leung Chun-ying – as vice-chairmen.
Wang Yang was elected chairman of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee, together with 22 vice-chairmen.
Tung, 81, the HKSAR’s first chief executive, has been CPPCC National Committee vice-chairman since 2005.
During his term, Tung established the China-United States Exchange Foundation to promote understanding and strengthen the relationship between the US and China.
Tung is also chairman of the Our Hong Kong Foundation think tank, which pools talents from home and abroad to study the city’s short-, medium-, and long-term development needs. It offers multi-disciplinary public policy research and recommendations to the SAR government.
Leung was first elected CPPCC National Committee vice-chairman in March last year, when he still served as chief executive.
It was the first time an incumbent chief executive was elected to a key CPPCC post.
Leung is known for his firm stance when dealing with the illegal “Occupy Central” movement and opposing the “Hong Kong independence” notion in the city.
In addition to two CPPCC National Committee vice-chairmen, Hong Kong also has 18 members elected to the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee. They include former director-general of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, who was elected as CPPCC National Committee member for the first time.
The 13th CPPCC National Committee will conclude today (Thursday).
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