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Leung proposes Guangdong visit for lawmakers

By Joseph Li in Hong Kong
 Leung proposes Guangdong visit for lawmakers

Leung Chun-ying answers lawmakers' questions during the Chief Executive's Question and Answer session at the Legislative Council. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is proposing a visit to Guangdong province for all Legislative Council (LegCo) members in October.

He said the purpose of the visit, which may take three days, was to enhance ties between Guangdong and Hong Kong as the two places were close geographically and economically.

Leung also said he wanted to make such mutual ties a permanent arrangement.

However the opposition is lukewarm about the proposal during a time of critical political reforms. Most opposition parties said they would boycott the visit.

The Chief Executive’s Office first released this news to certain television stations late on Friday afternoon. This was prior to issuing a press release on the subject “in response to press enquiries”.

Speaking after a National Day reception on Friday evening, Leung said it was not unusual for lawmakers to visit Guangdong.

He noted that lawmakers often visited other places for work purposes. At present, there was a LegCo delegation in Scandinavia. Leung added that Guangdong was not so far away and it would not be difficult to spare two to three days for a visit.

Asked if it was the appropriate time for this during a period of constitutional reform, Leung said the normal work of LegCo must continue.

Regarding the date, itinerary and which lawmakers would travel to Guangdong, the Chief Executive said he would like suggestions to be made through LegCo President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing.

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