Politics of Hong Kong

Justice secretary makes inaugural visit to Beijing

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 April, 2006, 12:00am

Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung leaves for Beijing tomorrow for his first trip to the capital since he took office in October last year.

Mr Wong will meet officials from a number of government departments and ministries during his five-day trip, including the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.

Since he replaced former justice chief Elsie Leung Oi-sie, well-known for her strong links to the mainland, in October last year, Mr Wong has had two visits to the mainland to attend legal conferences. A spokesman for the Department of Justice declined to name the officials Mr Wong would meet but said they would discuss matters of 'mutual interest'.

Such matters would include the scope for legal services to be provided by Hong Kong lawyers under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement and the reciprocal enforcement of judgments between the jurisdictions.

Supreme People's Court president Xiao Yang told a seminar in Beijing in September last year that he saw no reason why the two sides could not co-operate, citing Taiwan and the mainland's mutual recognition of civil judgments.