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Zhang praises work of CE and SAR government

By Luis Liu

Zhang praises work of CE and SAR government
Top legislator Zhang Dejiang (center), chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, delivers a brief speech at a welcome ceremony upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Edmond Tang / China Daily)

HONG KONG - The country’s top official overseeing Hong Kong affairs on Tuesday, first day of his inspection visit to the SAR, commended the performance of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the HKSAR Government in faithfully implementing the “One Country, Two Systems” principle and the Basic Law.

He also praised their efforts in promoting the city’s economy – while achieving success on multiple fronts.

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, foresees a bright future for the city and for the “One Country, Two Systems” principle. He also encouraged the SAR government to continue to focus on economic development and improving people’s quality of life and to make greater contributions to the city’s stability and prosperity.

Zhang made the remarks after receiving a briefing on the SAR government’s work on Tuesday afternoon. This was part of his three-day inspection tour of the city from Tuesday to Thursday.

Zhang acknowledged the SAR government had introduced many new measures to address social issues – including land, housing, elderly care and poverty alleviation – with some success already.

The State leader said the central government found the work of the Hong Kong government satisfactory – as President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang said in December 2015 when the CE went to Beijing to give the annual SAR government work report to the central government.

The CE thanked Zhang for visiting, adding that the HKSAR Government’s achievements depended on the central government’s support.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, principal officials of the SAR government and permanent secretaries also attended the briefing.

Zhang praises work of CE and SAR government
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