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Chief Executive deeply saddened by death of Director Lu Ping

     The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, expressed his profound sadness at the passing of the former Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Director Lu Ping, in Beijing last night (May 3).

     Mr Leung said, "On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and the people of Hong Kong, I would like to express my profound sadness at the passing of Director Lu.

     "In the late 1970s, we became acquainted with Director Lu through the issue of Hong Kong's future. Prior to the formal negotiations between China and the United Kingdom (UK) on Hong Kong's future, Director Lu led a team to Hong Kong to conduct studies and research. He devoted great effort to helping the Central People's Government formulate the principles and policies under 'One Country, Two Systems'. After that, Director Lu participated in the negotiations between China and the UK on Hong Kong's future, the formulation of the Basic Law as well as the preparatory work on the establishment of the HKSAR. He also took charge of various matters during Hong Kong's transitional period.

     "Director Lu dedicated himself to ensuring Hong Kong's smooth transition and return to the Motherland. He worked relentlessly to maintain Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, and was held in high regard by the people of Hong Kong. Director Lu left indelible footprints in the formulation and implementation of the principle of 'One Country, Two Systems'. He continued to care about and deeply loved Hong Kong even after his retirement.

     "China's resumption of the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong under the principles of 'One Country, Two Systems', 'Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong' and a high degree of autonomy was a milestone in the revitalisation of the Chinese nation. We must spare no effort to move forward under 'One Country, Two Systems' so as to create a better future for Hong Kong.

     Director Lu, may you rest in peace. You will be dearly missed."

Ends/Monday, May 4, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:09


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