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CE expresses sorrow at passing of Professor Jao Tsung-i
     The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, today (February 6) expressed deep sorrow over the passing of world-renowned sinologist Professor Jao Tsung-i.

     "I was grieved to learn of the passing of Professor Jao Tsung-i," Mrs Lam said.

     "I am so privileged to have known Professor Jao personally for years and participated directly in the establishment of the Jao Tsung-I Academy under the Government's Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme during my tenure as the Secretary for Development. I had a fond relationship with Professor Jao and his family and benefited greatly from his teaching. On behalf of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, I would like to extend deepest condolences to Professor Jao's family.

     "Professor Jao was very learned in matters of the ancient and modern worlds and strong in both the academic field and fine arts. His significant academic and artistic achievements over the past eight decades contributed tremendously to the promotion of Chinese traditional culture. Professor Jao's research, spanning decades, covered areas including history, literature, language and religious studies as well as philosophy, arts and Chinese and Western cultures. He is world-renowned for his outstanding achievements and his scholarship deserves our deep respect. Being assiduous and diligent, Professor Jao came up with his own philosophy before the age of 30 and has been a prolific writer in the past 80 years. He inspired the world with great wisdom and produced many great works.

     "Professor Jao, you have been the treasure in the academic and arts sectors of Hong Kong and the world. You will be sorely missed, always."
Ends/Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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