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Friday, May 20, 2016, 01:54

A fond farewell

By Zhang Yizhi
A fond farewell
The nation’s top legislator Zhang Dejiang waves before leaving Hong Kong after a three-day inspection trip to the SAR at Hong Kong International Airport on Thursday. (Parker Zheng / China Daily)

On the last day of his three-day inspection trip to Hong Kong, State leader Zhang Dejiang reiterated that abiding by the “One Country, Two Systems” principle and the Basic Law was the best way forward for the city.

He made the remarks during a 20-minute speech to more than 200 local political heavyweights and business leaders, including Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Zhang, who heads the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, urged Hong Kong people to support the CE and the SAR government, saying that would help maintain the territory’s prosperity and stability.

Before leaving the city, Zhang paid a visit to an elderly care facility where he was warmly welcomed and chatted with some seniors taking part in a chess game and a tea art activity.

Later he toured a public housing estate under construction and praised the SAR government’s efforts in providing affordable public housing for underprivileged people.

Zhang flew back to Beijing at around noon.

In summing up Zhang’s inspection tour, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR Zhang Xiaoming said the top legislator was satisfied with the work of the CE and his administration.

Hong Kong people have reacted very positively to the three-day visit — the first visit to the city by a top State leader since former president Hu Jintao came four years ago for the swearing-in of the CE.

bonnie@chinadailyhk.com

A fond farewell
Accompanied by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (right), National People’s Congress Standing Committee Chairman Zhang Dejiang (left) addresses an audience of more than 200 representatives from various sectors at the Central Government Offices on Thursday morning. ( provided to China Daily)
A fond farewell
State leader Zhang Dejiang (first row, center) in a group photo with more than 200 delegates from different sectors of Hong Kong at the Central Government Offices. (provided to China Daily)
A fond farewell

Zhang Dejiang (center) talks to an elderly resident at the rehabilitation room of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Tseung Kwan O Aged Care Complex in Tseung Kwan O. (provided to China Daily)

A fond farewell
Zhang Dejiang (left) chats with some elderly people in a tea art activity at the aged care complex. Joining him are Wang Guangya (second left), director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, and Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (second right). (provided to China Daily)
A fond farewell
Zhang Dejiang (center) visits a public rental housing unit at On Tat Estate in Kwun Tong with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (right) and Permanent Secretary for Transport and Housing Stanley Ying (left). (R oy Liu / China Daily)
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