HK chief executive: Gov’t seeks change, maintains stability

 

 Helicopters carrying Chinese national flag and the flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative

Region fly over Golden Bauhinia Square during the flag-raising ceremony in Hong Kong, south

China, on Monday of July 1, 2013. A flag-raising ceremony is held in Hong Kong Monday to

celebrate the 16th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland.   Photo by Lui Siu Wai

 

Musical band of Hong Kong police march before a flag-raising ceremony held to celebrate the 16th

anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, in Hong Kong, south China,  on July 1, 2013.

Photo by Lui Siu Wai

 

A flag-raising ceremony is held to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the

motherland in Hong Kong on July 1, 2013.   Photo by Lui Siu Wai

 

Tung Chee-hwa (6th from left of front row), vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese

People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special

Administrative Region Leung Chun-ying (7th from left of front row) attend a flag-raising ceremony

held to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland on July 1, 2013.

Photo by Lui Siu Wai

 

Tung Chee-hwa (5th from left), vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s

Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special

Administrative Region Leung Chun-ying (6th from left) attend a reception held to celebrate

the 16th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of

China,  in Hong Kong, south China, on July 1, 2013.   Photo by Lui Siu Wai

 

 

HK chief executive: 

Gov’t seeks change, maintains stability 

 

By Gao Lu

In the coming years, the Hong Kong government will continue to seek change while maintaining stability when facing chances and challenges, Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung said in a speech on July 1.

Leung gave his address at the reception in celebration of the 16th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center.

Leung said that thanks to the support and coordinated efforts of political team and civil-servant colleagues, the current government implemented in the past year some of the policies that he advocated in his manifesto, making some progress with initial achievements.

In the past year, Leung said the government also responded to a number of issues, including the influx of pregnant mainland mothers whose husbands are not Hong Kong residents to give birth in Hong Kong, and the subsequent problems concerning clearance procedures for cross-boundary school children and their admission to local schools, multiple-entry permits to non-residents of Shenzhen, shortage of baby formula, and disruptions at train stations caused by parallel goods traders.

Regarding the greatest public concern of housing, “the SAR government has managed to curb the upward trend of property prices, thus changing the perception that property prices can only rise,” said Leung.

Leung admitted a major task of the government is the implementation of universal suffrage for the Chief Executive Election in 2017 in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Law and the relevant decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

“With the greatest sincerity and commitment, the SAR Government will launch a consultation at an appropriate juncture. We hope that people holding divergent views can set aside their differences and seek consensus as far as possible in an accommodating, pragmatic and peaceful manner,” said he.

July 1st is also the 10th anniversary of the promulgation of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, or CEPA. According to Leung, the Mainland has been opening up its market to different sectors in Hong Kong since 2003, including commerce and trade, financial and professional services, through the CEPA main text and the annual supplements.

The mainland market is huge and making good use of CEPA as early as possible is vitally important to Hong Kong, Leung continued, adding that “we are grateful for the country’s preferential policy and will at the same time contribute to the development of our country.”

Leung said that opportunities and challenges exist side by side in the future development of Hong Kong. “We will put people first and serve them in a pragmatic and proactive manner. We aim to make even greater progress in addressing political, social, economic and livelihood issues,” he concluded.

 

 

 

HK gov’t respects people’s legal rights

in July 1 procession: spokesman

 

By Gao Lu and Yang Hui

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government fully respects people’s legal rights to take part in processions and their freedom of expression, and will listen to their views in a humble manner, a government spokesman said on July 1.

“Taking forward the constitutional development of Hong Kong is an important policy objective of the current-term (HKSAR) Government. The (HKSAR) Government will implement universal suffrage for the Chief Executive Election in 2017 strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Law and the relevant decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress,” the spokesman said in response to the procession.

The spokesman said that the HKSAR Government “will launch the consultation on the methods of the 2017 Chief Executive Election and the 2016 Legislative Council Election and initiate the constitutional procedures at an appropriate juncture.”

“We hope the community can forge a consensus on the implementation of universal suffrage by adopting a rational, pragmatic and accommodating attitude,” he added.

The HKSAR Government also took heed of other public aspirations expressed in July 1 procession. “The Government will continue its endeavor to tackle various problems including those related to economic development, housing, poverty, ageing society and the environment,” the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary Carrie Lam says the government respects the freedom of expression by Hong Kong people. She said the government would listen to the demands of the public, and refer to their views when implementing policies.

Thousands of protesters marched through torrential rain in Hong Kong on Monday on the 16th anniversary of the city’s return to the mainland.

July 1 also marked the 16th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. Carnivals were organized to celebrate the event.

 

 

 

Hong Kong honors

337 people for contribution

 

By Zhang Yashi

 

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) C Y Leung has awarded 337 people in this year’s Honors List, the city’s government announced Sunday evening.

Four people received the Grand Bauhinia Medal, including Permanent Judge of the Court of Appeal Patrick Chan Siu-oi, Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Appeal Sir Anthony Mason, President of Hong Kong Buddhist Association the Most Venerable Kok Kwong and Basic Law Committee member Maria Tam Wai-chu.

Nine people received the Gold Bauhinia Star, 23 the Silver Bauhinia Star, seven the Distinguished Service Medals for the disciplined services and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and 56 the Bronze Bauhinia Star.

Forty-five people were awarded Meritorious Service Medals for the disciplined services and the ICAC, 73 the Medal of Honor, and 51 the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service.

Sixty-nine people received the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Government/Public Service.

The recipients are from all walks of life and have been awarded in recognition of their significant contribution to Hong Kong or for their dedicated public and community service.

The presentation ceremony will be held in October.  

 

 

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