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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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Adapt to a changing order, says CY Leung in National Day speech

Chief executive calls on Hongkongers to seize opportunities for both co-operation and competition as the nation moves forward

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 October, 2013, 12:35pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 October, 2013, 10:13am

Hongkongers need to adapt to the changing regional and world order and identify new ways in which the city can contribute to the nation's development, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said in a speech to mark National Day.

Leung called on the city's residents to "contribute to the progress of China" while working for the prosperity of Hong Kong. He said his government "attaches great importance" to boosting co-operation with the mainland, but that a new emerging regional and global order would bring both opportunities for competition and co-operation.

The world is changing, China is moving forward. Hong Kong should [identify] new functions we can perform

But former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, Leung's rival in the election for the city's top job last year, reminded the chief executive of the importance of accepting criticism, after a number of government policies had been "questioned" since Leung took office.

Leung spoke at a National Day reception at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai yesterday, after attending a flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square alongside his predecessors Tung Chee-hwa and Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who was absent a year ago.

The speech came amid debate over whether Shanghai's new free-trade zone will threaten Hong Kong's position as China's pre-eminent international financial centre.

"The world is changing, China is moving forward," Leung said. "Hong Kong should [identify] new functions we can perform.

"As Chinese, we, together with all people of China, should make contributions to the development of our country while doing our best to maintain the prosperity and stability of [the city]."

Outside the reception, Tang indicated that Leung had little room to feel content. He said the city had faced many challenges in the past year and "many government policies had [attracted] comments and questions from all directions". The administration must "maintain an open attitude, listen to opinions and accept criticism", he said.

Tang also countered Leung's recent criticism of the previous government, in which Tang served as chief secretary, that it had been passive in its thinking.

"Opinions and criticisms can be raised about [any government's] inadequacies, and [officials] should have the capacity to accept them," Tang said. "But if they have tried their best, their efforts should be acknowledged."

Shortly after the flag-raising ceremony, Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao Daily reported on its website that "the chief executive will resign soon" when it meant to say "the chief executive will give a speech soon". Ming Pao issued a correction and apologised two hours later, acknowledging it had "made a big mistake".

Lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung, who was invited to the reception, was refused entry because he wore sneakers.

About 40 people from student group Scholarism staged a protest, but complained they were restricted to an area far from the flag-raising ceremony. Two members were taken away by security guards.

In a National Day variety show last night, Tung praised Leung for being "progressive and pragmatic" in rolling out economic and livelihood policies.

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Mingbak
We're already trying to contribute by bringing democracy to the country..
seanniem
Hong Kong people need not go out of their way to contribute to China. Hong Kong people need to contribute to Hong Kong, and China will in turn benefit, because Hong Kong always remains a gateway, an option, the "wingman" for China to communicate in the World stage, so long as Hong Kong remains "Special" (the "S" in "SAR") Look at all the anti-mainland sentiments of the local people. Call it politically incorrect, or un-patriotic, or whatever, but that is Hong Kong people's desire to remain different, and have their own identity. And don't say all that will change anyway in 2047, because if you notice all these same Hong Kong people putting themselves out there drawing the line have already sown the seeds to the next generation. The children born to the region post-97 will be the leaders of this region in 2047 and they will carry the torch. China is well aware of all this. IMO, the Chinese leaders have in fact been secretly embracing this notion by softening their hardline stance against Hong Kong the past year. Getting C.Y. to speak all this diatribe is in fact, intentionally or not, fanning the flames.
Sifu_628
Hong Kong is indeed a special administrative region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and technically more than 7 millions of Hong Kong's inhabitants are citizens of the PRC. As such, they should and must contribute to the progress of their recently-repatriated nation (since 1997). The critical question lies in one's interpretation of progress. Leung's views and policies have been closely-direct by his overlords from Beijing; as their political appointee governing Hong Kong, Leung has maintained that to serve China, Hong Kong's permanent residents must forgo their aspiration for universal suffrage. His allies in government and business have stated that the rule of laws (Hong Kong Basic Laws and more) can be unilaterally modified according to the will of the Chinese Communist Party without any representation of the people in Hong Kong. Perhaps, their interpretation of progress, the role and stakes for the people of Hong Kong are not aligned with those of individuals, families and communities that built-up Hong Kong from disparate islands of small fishing villages to a vibrant financial and trading center under British rule (pre 1997) and its continuance post handover. Leung should clarify/specify his definition and metrics of "progress in China" and the role & stakes for Hong Kong's 7 millions+ permanent residents.
ssslmcs01
Though I agree with much of what you have to say, you do contradict yourself.
In the early part of your comment you said "recently-repatriated nation". In the later part of your comment you correctly use the word "handover".
As I'm sure you know, yesterday, 1 Oct. 2013, China celebrated the 64th anniversary of the PRC. Hong Kong was established as a British sovereign territory in the 1840s. Hong Kong could not be repatriated to something that did not exist when it was established. The PRC was established in 1949 over a hundred years after Hong Kong was established as an overseas British territory.
oasis
Ways to be an example:
Accountable government
Environmental sustainability
Forward thinking educational policies
Good policies on public use assets (roads, land, etc)
Level playing field for businesses
Its a tough list, and stable and high real estate prices isn't the universal answer...
maecheung
"Universal suffrage is to lead to an accountable government... That can preserve these advantages. ".......DON'T count on it! Even the loudest voice of democracy, i.e. Mr. Ho, is in the pockets of tycoons, and just as corrupted as any mainland officials. Just pay $ 50K, and become clean!
haliezhan
Throughout history, no other city has benefited so much from China. Chicken egg story..

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