Transcript of remarks by CE at media session on concluding his visit in Beijing (with photos/video)

     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, at a media session on concluding his visit in Beijing this evening (March 17):
Reporter: Could you elaborate on what it means by the duties of supervision of the reformed Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and do you think the change of reporting line to direct a party leadership might affect perception of the promise of high autonomy in Hong Kong? And the second question, you have said that you met Xia Baolong some while ago. Could you please confirm if he is the one who will be leading the reformed office? Thanks.
Chief Executive: In regard to the formation of the Hong Kong and Macao work office (Hong Kong and Macao work office of the CPC Central Committee), it will strengthen the leadership of the Central People's Government in faithful and successful implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle. This strengthening of leadership will of course help in enhancing the implementation of measures and policies that will benefit the successful implementation of "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong.
     The Central People's Government is always thinking close to the heart the well-being of Hong Kong and the well-being of Hong Kong citizens. So, the formation of this office will certainly strengthen the implementation of policies in this regard, and it will be helpful to Hong Kong's overall prosperity and stability.
     As to who will be responsible for what post, I think we have to wait for the Central People's Government's announcement.
(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Friday, March 17, 2023
Issued at HKT 22:30