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Leung Chun-ying

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.

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NPC head full of praise for Hong Kong's chief executive and police

NPC chairman's praise seen as attempt to boost morale ahead of possible Occupy Central unrest

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 September, 2013, 2:18pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 September, 2013, 3:42am

The highest-ranking mainland official in charge of Hong Kong affairs has made a rare rallying call to the city's disciplined services and issued the central government's first words of acknowledgement of the city's leader in three months.

At a meeting in Beijing with security chief Lai Tung-kwok, National People's Congress chairman Zhang Dejiang said the city's "highly professional" men and women in uniform played an important role in safeguarding national security and social order.

A number of recent incidents have sparked debate in Hong Kong about the role and conduct of the police at public protests.

Zhang said: "The people of Hong Kong are satisfied with the disciplined services' work. The central government is also fully satisfied with the contributions that the services have made in safeguarding the Basic Law, the 'one country, two systems' [framework], and Hong Kong's prosperity and stability."

Zhang, No 3 on the seven-man Politburo Standing Committee, went on to give his backing to Leung, whose popularity has hit new lows in recent polls.

"It hasn't been easy to achieve [the level of] prosperity and stability in Hong Kong in the last 16 years [since the handover]. And now, we can see that under the leadership of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, the SAR government has been devoted to tackling economic difficulties, fostering development, and planning for Hong Kong's long-term prosperity," Zhang said.

"The central government is firmly supportive of the work of Leung Chun-ying and the SAR government, and fully acknowledges its contribution."

Xinhua reported Zhang as reiterating that on constitutional reform, Beijing's stance was to do it according to the Basic Law.

"Whether to improve livelihood, or to carry out democratic reform, the rule of law is key - a stable and harmonious environment is needed, and that's where the root of Hong Kong people's interest lies," Zhang said.

Some observers said the remarks were intended to boost police morale. But, they said, the comments by Zhang also revealed Beijing's fears about escalating conflicts in Hong Kong, including the looming threat of the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement.

In July a video of a teacher yelling abuse at police for their handling of a dispute between the Falun Gong and a pro-government youth group went viral online and led to accusations that officers had shown bias towards the youth group. Detractors of the teacher staged a pro-police rally last month that ended in chaos as scuffles broke out.

Lai was leading a 60-strong delegation of Hong Kong's disciplined services on a four-day official visit to the capital and its coastal neighbour Tianjin .

Five departmental chiefs - from the police, immigration, customs, fire services and correctional services - attended the meeting with Zhang, along with Wang Guangya , director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and Zhang Xiaoming , director of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong.

While Lai and the five departmental chiefs regularly go to the mainland, normally they would be received by ministerial-level officials. It is rare for a top state leader like Zhang to receive them and give a high-profile speech.

Executive councillor and former security minister Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee described the meeting as pioneering.

"I think Beijing was aware that the disciplined services, especially those on the front line, have borne a lot of pressure [maintaining] public order during [protests in Hong Kong] in recent years," Ip said.

It was the first time in nearly two years that the security minister had met Beijing's top official in charge of Hong Kong affairs.

Veteran China watcher Johnny Lau Yui-siu said the unusual meeting highlighted Beijing's worry about "social movements on the streets, and the possibility of Occupying Central", advocated as a last push for democracy in Hong Kong.



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I’ve no sympathy for bigots' grieves evident in the comments
Fixated on unjustified personal dislikes,
imbeciles can’t recognize CCP’s realistic accomplishments,
wimps who can’t realise that CCP will stay
going from strength to strength to help make the nation and the world a better place
Like all other political parties, CCP isn’t without its shortcomings
It needs constant renewals and improvements
which all residents should help contribute
if only for repaying the benefit they enjoy here
Why toothless wolves keep howling?
Because they can’t reason, lacking sophistication and intelligence
to appreciate the difficulties of nation-building
deluded by western propaganda, they’re unaware
that the four pillars of AngloAmerican democracies
are genocides, slavery, colonial exploitations and financial hegemony
Because good-for-nothing left-behinds find no other sanctuary to take them
black mouthing and sloganeering become these hypocrites’ specialties
biting the feeding hands of their host is their ill-conceived way
to assuage their miserable sense of inferiority
Because some of them are foreign agents
paid for the malicious task of undermining HK’s stability and prosperity
Dai Muff
Thank you Wenweipo.
If you’re fair-minded and can read Chinese
you’d find Wenwei and DaKung better newspapers
in language, style and content
though you may not agree with it political stance and arguments
e.g., MP’s front page Big font headline
for the news of a policeman who shot and killed a South Asian
described the victim as
“An Indo-Pakistan National” 印巴籍
I read MP to stay in touch with the city’s petty bourgeoisie
and to practice tolerance
Very – to paraphrase Chaz chicken –
American 1960’s middle crust wanna be, very insufferable
though sometimes some real thinkers put in very well argued pieces
Can’t expect too much from a paper that for many years
had Margaret N as its chief editor
the sun also rises
It sounds strange to learn that the No.3 man in the ruling Chinese communist regime, Mr.Zhang Dejiang highly praised our police force which tackling of recent protests or scuffles had been controversial in town and Mr.Zhang's acknowledgement of our Chief Executive,C.Y.Leung's performance was unbelievable or unthinkable, I should say since C.Y.'s popularity rating has plunged to all-time low (just 43 marks ! Fail of course among all the top officials in town ) in his past 14-month's governance ! One can even evaluate it as poor as poor can be ! Anyway, it is known that this chairman of the National People's Congress was educated in North Korea and finished his university education there---maybe his thinking /thoughts are unfamiliar to we Hongkongers and his evaluation of a cadre's performance can highly be understood by we Hongkonngers too !
Worthless comments on a worthless person.............
if a North Korean trained economist NPC Chairman says ur doing a good job then u must b something, CY :)
Dai Muff
The more they boost the CE, the more they show it is necessary to boost the CE.
All 60 members were probably trained on how to go back to HK and implement the HKPD taking oaths of allegiance to the CCP and undergoing "ideological training", a la the PLA.
After all, it won't be The People they serve...
BJ should use it's power to tell the HK developers to lower their $ since mkt economy isnt working to our liking!!!
The 'kiss of death' perhaps. Beijing must stop voicing their support openly for a CE with such low popularity ratings otherwise they themselves will be perceived as being out of touch with Hong Kong people.
Nothing could be more hypocritical than a CCP leader talking about how the rule of law is key. Anything he has to say on the subject is worthless.
Thank you NPC in Beijing! I am sure judging from the distance you must be right, as we in Hong Kong obvioulsy cannnot see the wood for the trees.
"NPC head full of praise for Hong Kong's chief executive"
All the more reason to kick him out.
Another Social Critics...
From recent State, Provincial, State Organisation Officials...
Reminding backwardly even Ex-ShumZhen Mayor be Involved in similiar Graft Probes...
Stepping Down & being Prosecuted...
Seeing thru that 'CY'...'Evil Nature'...
Intention in Utilization from News covering Words of NPC's...!!!
In Disguised Support from Central China Government...
Using the same Tactics in 'Deceit' in gotting Position of 'CE' from its Campaign...
In Disguised Support from Central China Government...???
Planning & Deploying "Good" is Basic for AnyOne in Position of 'CE', Serving HK's Peoples in their Best Interest...
Utilizing its great Governmental Resources, Surely should got at Least some Good-Works, be Done for HK's Peoples, like in Social & Welfare aspects that easily got its public's Recognition.
Nothing Worth to be Praised for Normal Good-Works, though Paid-For...
But...But...If Applied in Manipulating thru 'CE' position , not Normal Exercising from various Governmental Levels ...
Then it's Called 'Politicizing'...in Perverted Ways...
Like...Education Department in Mrs. Lam case, Police Department in Triad's supporting 'CY' case, ICAC, and even Justice Department recently...
If being Prosecuted...Called 'Abuses of Power'...
Like in BoXiLai's Incident...
Plus Manipulation for Self & Other's Profiteering, Triad Involvement...
Corruption, More Informers be Needed...
Central China Government...Don't be Deceited Further!!!
A doctrine of "Papal infallibility" and closing ranks against criticism is always the reaction of autocrats, no matter what the truth, because they have a problem with that little word.
And after Tung Chi Wah, who did we get? Bow Tie and Hooray Henry - even worse.
If you've got a meeting with the Corleone family, a pat on the back is better than a bullet in the back of the head.
Well said sir!, or madam!
I guess that's all that matters to C. Y. The fact that Beijing is behind him. People like Zhang Dejiang would go a long way to building trust between Hong Kong people and Beijing by minding their own business and keeping their opinions about Hong Kong to themselves.
If I was CY I'd be a bit nervous that Beijing was behind me. Surely it's better to see the knife coming.
Dai Muff
They said similar things about Tung right up until the day he got his "bad leg".


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