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Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 02:10
CE ‘encouraged’ by Xi’s affirmation amid unrest
By He Shusi
Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 02:10 By He Shusi

Premier Li Keqiang meets with Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, in Beijing on Monday. (PHOTO / INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT)

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Monday she was encouraged by the affirmation of President Xi Jinping, who praised her “courage and commitment” in taking the city forward amid the “most severe challenge” the SAR has faced.

Lam spoke after her meeting with Xi in Beijing on Monday afternoon during her third annual duty visit to the capital city. She also met with Premier Li Keqiang in the morning.

Noting that both the president and premier fully appreciated the special administrative region government’s endeavors during the more than six months of social unrest, Lam said she was encouraged, stressing that continuous efforts are needed in the future.

Ending the violence, she added, remains Hong Kong’s top priority, as it still flares up from time to time.

Lam said Xi’s aspiration for all sectors in Hong Kong to stay united in putting the city back on track resonates with what she has been calling for in the past few months.

To achieve that common objective, Lam said, all sectors in Hong Kong should join to say “no” to violence, with the hope of restoring law and order.

“I hope very much that Hong Kong people will help the SAR government and support the police in achieving this mission,” she said.

HK backed by central govt

In tackling the city’s deep-rooted issues as requested by Xi and Li, Lam said an independent review committee will look into the unrest and seek solutions.

Despite a politically complex social environment, Lam said she believes the government could select suitable members of the committee, with appropriate explanations for the importance of such a review.

She also pledged that the SAR government, if needed, will introduce more financial measures to help Hong Kong enterprises and residents through this difficult time.

In the face of an economic downturn amid the prolonged social unrest, Lam said the SAR needs the central government’s continued support in various business sectors.

During her meeting with Li, Lam said she expressed hope that the central government will roll out more measures to facilitate Hong Kong’s role in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Belt and Road Initiative, and to create more opportunities for Hong Kong enterprises and professional service providers.

The premier gave a positive reponse, Lam said.


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