søndag 10. oktober 2021

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam dismisses suggestion Beijing officials in city have formed shadow government

Hong Kong’s leader has brushed aside suggestions that Beijing’s officials in the city were forming a “second governing team”, after the liaison office vowed to make its public outreach campaign regular. Instead, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Sunday that it was good for officials to have a better understanding of the city, as a lot of policies needed the central government’s help. Lam was seemingly under pressure to meet Beijing’s expectations after the liaison office launched a public outreach campaign a week before her policy address last Wednesday.

The campaign’s aim was to “listen directly” to different sectors, by visiting the underprivileged and young entrepreneurs, and reminding Lam’s administration of its responsibilities. Liaison office officials have made more than a dozen visits since the end of last month to residents ranging from fishermen and fruit sellers, to workers and Chinese medicine practitioners.