Hong Kong's civil servants win praise form Vice-President Li Yuanchao

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 September, 2013, 4:18pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 September, 2013, 4:33pm

China's Vice-President Li Yuanchao on Thursday praised Hong Kong’s civil servants for their contribution to the city.

Li made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation of Hong Kong senior officials led by Secretary for the Civil Service Paul Tang Kwok-wai in Beijing on Thursday morning.

The delegation included 11 permanent secretaries from policy bureaus.

Li said the civil service played an important role in maintaining the city’s stability and prosperity, as well as in implementing a high degree of autonomy promised by the Basic Law.

“Their achievements are clear ... The central government gives them full recognition,” he said.

Li, who is also a deputy leader of the central government’s Hong Kong and Macau liaison group, said Hong Kong was now facing urgent tasks that need to be accomplished, such as how the city can improve its economy and people’s livelihood, develop democracy and promote harmony.

He also said the central government fully supported Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s administration.