Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office

Beijing recalling its big guns to handle a more complex city

Xu Ze, former deputy director of HK and Macau Affairs Office. Photo: Ricky Chung

Last week, while a 29-year-old American stole the limelight in Hong Kong and the world, a Beijing veteran on Hong Kong's political and legal affairs quietly went back to the capital from Macau.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:39am

Veteran official regains Hong Kong-Macau office post

Xu Ze

Xu Ze, a veteran central government official for Hong Kong and Macau affairs, has been appointed to a second stint as a deputy director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:34am

Hong Kong losing its competitive edge, Beijing warns

Zhang Dejiang

Hong Kong is losing its competitive edge and will be "swept downstream if it does not forge ahead", warns Beijing's man in charge of Hong Kong affairs.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:50am 13 comments

Where to draw line of communication

Wang Guangya revealed that C.Y. Leung called him. Photo: Vincent Yu

The date March 25 may not ring any bells, but it was a special day for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. On that date a year ago, he was elected to the highest job in town. But Leung is less likely to be celebrating than pondering how to handle the increasing number of hot potatoes falling into his lap.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Wang Guangya urges establishment lawmakers to unite, support CY Leung

Wang Guangya, director of Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office attends a seminar in Shenzhen with pro-establishment lawmakers. Photo: SCMP

Wang Guangya has repeated his call for pro-establishment lawmakers to support the government led by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am 1 comment

Mystery man Zhang Xiaoming signals shift to 'old Hong Kong hands'

Zhang Xiaoming

Weeks after his arrival, Beijing's top representative in Hong Kong, 49 year-old Zhang Xiaoming, is still a mystery to many. He has not yet made any public appearances, and there is only speculation about his mission here.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Two appointments, one policy paper and a clock strikes nine

Xi Jinping's 'liberal' side

He hugged babies. He was public about his love for his wife. He spoke without party jargon. Vice-President Xi Jinping has displayed a liberal image.

Yet, any expectations of him being soft on Hong Kong will be proven very wrong.

5 Jan 2013 - 2:22am

Lawmakers urge liaison office to tone down approach to Hong Kong affairs

Legislator Paul Tse Wai-chun. Photo: Edward Wong

The central government's liaison office is facing calls from across the political spectrum to tone down its approach to local affairs amid mounting pressure for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am

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

Wang Guangya (left), Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, and Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Simon Song

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.

23 Dec 2012 - 1:49pm

Zhang Xiaoming vows to safeguard Hong Kong prosperity

Zhang Xiaoming

The new director of Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong has started the job pledging to "prudently implement" the central government's policies in Hong Kong while giving "unswerving support" to the Hong Kong government in line with the Basic Law.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:03am

Beijing confirms Zhang Xiaoming and Hu Chunhua in top regional positions

Zhang Xiaoming and Hu Chunhua

The new face of Beijing's leadership in the region came into focus yesterday as Zhang Xiaoming was appointed head of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong and Hu Chunhua was named to lead the economic powerhouse of Guangdong.

19 Dec 2012 - 7:50am 1 comment

Zhang Xiaoming to head liaison office; Peng Qinghua to be Guangxi party chief

Peng Qinghua

Zhang Xiaoming is to take over as head of Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong, weeks after he caused controversy by saying "external forces" were meddling in Hong Kong politics, according to sources.

He will succeed Peng Qinghua, who will become Communist Party secretary of Guangxi , say the sources, who are familiar with the reshuffle of liaison office staff.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:41am 1 comment

Beijing must provide evidence to support political warning

Around 50,000 protesters gather outside Legco Building for disapproval of an anti-subversion bill (Article 23) in 2003.  Photo: Ricky Chung

Tension is rising after Beijing apparently stepped up its rhetoric on how Hong Kong should be governed. After a war of words over an alleged pro-independence force in the city, a top mainland official sparked more controversy by accusing external forces of interfering with local elections.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am 1 comment