Leung Chun-ying, also known as CY Leung, is the chief executive of Hong Kong. He was born in 1954 and assumed office on July 1, 2012. During the controversial 2012 chief executive election, underdog Leung unexpectedly beat Henry Tang, the early favourite to win, after Tang was discredited in a scandal over an illegal structure at his home.
Leung Chun-ying pays first duty visit to Beijing as chief executive
Pan-democrats urge him to request amendment to Basic Law to deal with right-of-abode issues
Leung Chun-ying flies to Beijing on Thursday to make his maiden three-day briefing as chief executive to the nation's leaders.
While details of his trip have not been confirmed, pan-democrats have urged Leung to request an amendment to the Basic Law to resolve right-of-abode issues, as an alternative to a possible reinterpretation by the National People's Congress, and to reflect the calls for democratisation in the city.
On Thursday, legal and political experts expressed their fears for the city's judicial independence, after the government said it had requested the Court of Final Appeal to ask the NPC Standing Committee to clarify its 1999 interpretation of Article 24 of the Basic Law, which deals with permanent residency.
The request was made in an attempt to resolve in one go right-of-abode issues involving foreign domestic helpers and children born to mainland parents.
Lawmaker and solicitor Albert Ho Chun-yan of the Democratic Party said Leung should persuade leaders to amend the Basic Law to resolve the issue of mainland mothers giving birth in the city.
He said it might be difficult to resolve the issue by clarifying a previous interpretation.
Leung is expected to brief President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao on economic, social and political developments, and to meet Xi Jinping , the new Communist Party general secretary who succeeds Hu as president in March and has overseen Hong Kong affairs since 2007.
It is believed Leung may also meet Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang , who is tipped to take charge of Hong Kong affairs next year.
He may also meet top officials from the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.
Veteran China watcher Johnny Lau Yui-siu expects the Beijing leaders to issue a general acknowledgement of Leung's work. "But leaders like Xi might not support him in a high-profile manner" because the leader-in-waiting appeared to be gaining popularity after wrapping up his recent five-day tour of Guangdong, Lau suggested.
Labour Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan believed Leung should brief Beijing leaders on the questions raised about his integrity because of his handling of unauthorised works at properties he owns.