Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying ends virgin duty visit to Beijing with low-key talk

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 1:49pm

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying yesterday ended his maiden duty visit to the capital by meeting the director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office for talks described as low-key.

His meeting with Wang Guangya was held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where Leung stayed.

As with his predecessors' duty visits, Leung's meeting with the director, which lasted more than an hour, was held behind closed doors. But a source familiar with the arrangements said: "The chief executive reported Hong Kong's situation to director Wang, who raised some 'demands of the central government'."

The source did not elaborate on those demands made, and said Wang had yet to plan a visit to Hong Kong in the near future.

Wang was among the officials who sat in on Leung's meetings earlier with Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping, President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

Leung had no public engagements on his final morning in Beijing, and arrived back in Hong Kong at about 4pm. He left the airport without taking questions from reporters.

Leung had throughout his visit appeared more reticent than his predecessor Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who would engage with the media. His answers were generally brief and he largely read from a script.

Asked on Friday why Beijing-loyalist former lawmaker Lau Kong-wah was the best person for the job of undersecretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, Leung said simply: "Well, he's the best person."

When asked to comment on the two officials expected to take charge of Hong Kong affairs after March, he said Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang and Politburo member Li Yuanchao were "very familiar with Hong Kong's situation".

Bombarded with questions about whether the controversy over the illegal structures in his homes at The Peak and in Stanley was mentioned in his meeting with Xi, Leung said simply: "No."

Pressed further, he added: "It did not come up."

In contrast, Tsang tended to take more questions from the media and give longer answers when he went on his duty visits.

Leung also did not visit any ministries while in Beijing, in contrast to predecessors Tsang and Tung Chee-hwa, but he did take time out to meet Hong Kong businessmen working there.