Liaison office

Liaison office staff warned not to take gifts

Zhang Xiaoming. Photo: Xinhua

The central government's liaison office has warned its staff to "decline gifts such as food and fruit during festivities", including this month's Dragon Boat festival. The statement comes after Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping made a call last December to end official extravagance.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 6:03am

Liaison office role for ex-Guangdong propaganda official

Yang Jian is Hong Kong-bound

Nanfang Media group chairman Yang Jian will arrive in Hong Kong this month to fill the vacancy left by central government liaison office deputy director Li Gang, who is expected to become director of the liaison office in Macau.

23 May 2013 - 5:01am

Liaison Office chief must investigate relationship with former ICAC boss

Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Liaison Office of the Chinese Central People's Government in Hong Kong. Photo: Xinhua

When the current head of the central government's liaison office, Zhang Xiaoming, arrived in December, he was welcomed for his fresh approach, which included a willingness to sound off in public on all manner of things. One reason for his willingness to do so, perhaps, is that 49-year-old Zhang is an expert on Hong Kong, having worked in the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office for most of his adult life.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am 3 comments

ICAC chief Simon Peh in U-turn on liaison office meal

ICAC commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu speaks to media at the ICAC headquarters in North Point. Photo: David Wong

The Independent Commission Against Corruption was plunged further into controversy yesterday as it was revealed there were more unreported receptions and expenditures by its current and former commissioners.

27 Apr 2013 - 5:26am 6 comments

Liaison office 'sought meeting on national curriculum'

Eva Chan Sik-chee

Eva Chan Sik-chee, of the Parents Concern Group, claimed that a former assistant of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying tried to set up a meeting between herself and officials from the central government's liaison office.

4 Feb 2013 - 5:41am

Radical agenda becomes crystal clear

Director of Liaison Office Zhang Xiaoming officiates at Youth Development and Responsibilty Forum. Photo: Sam Tsang

"Never the twain shall meet."

This Post headline crystallises for me why the pan-democratic camp has become so radicalised and why that bodes ill for Hong Kong's future.

12 Jan 2013 - 2:15am 4 comments

Beijing's officials should not canvass for candidates in local elections

Legislator Paul Tse Wai-chun. Photo: Edward Wong

There have long been rumours that mainland officials in Hong Kong are involved in canvassing on behalf of pro-Beijing candidates in elections. This has never been substantiated with concrete evidence, but recent remarks by independent legislator Paul Tse Wai-chun have aroused concerns whether such interference is indeed taking place.

9 Jan 2013 - 1:27am

Liaison office influence unavoidable, says lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun

Legislator Paul Tse Wai-chun. Photo: Edward Wong

Influence from the central government's liaison office on Hong Kong affairs is "unavoidable", lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun has said.

His remark comes after controversy following his admission that Beijing had helped canvass votes for him during the Legislative Council ballot in September.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:00am

Beijing liaison office accused of breaking Hong Kong election law

Paul Tse Wai-chun

A row erupted yesterday over whether or not the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong broke the law when it helped independent candidate Paul Tse Wai-chun win one of the city's five new directly elected super seats.

1 Jan 2013 - 4:26am

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

Two views of Zhang Xiaoming, liaison office director

Zhang Xiaoming

When veteran diplomat Jiang Enzhu became director of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong in 1997, he described the city an "abstruse book" from which he would strive to learn. Throughout his five-year stint, Beijing's envoy, by and large, kept a low profile under the principle of "one country, two systems". Ten years on, the office has seen its third leadership change.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:15am

Beijing picks Hong Kong liaison office spokesman Li Gang as Macau chief

Li Gang is on move

Li Gang, deputy director and spokesman of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong, will become Beijing's top representative in Macau early next year.

Beijing sources confirmed to the South China Morning Post yesterday that the promotion was in recognition of Li's work in the city.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:14am 1 comment

Magistrate made error in 2009 Liaison Office rally acquittal, says judge

Protesters against political persecution. Photo: Edward Wong

A judge yesterday found that a magistrate had made errors of law before he acquitted six demonstrators charged with unlawful assembly in a protest at the central government's liaison office in 2009. The ruling means they may be sent back before the original court.

20 Oct 2012 - 3:24am

Questions raised over mainland role in rescue and Li Gang's appearance

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying leads a moment of silence for victims of the tragedy before a press conference yesterday. Photo: Nora Tam

The mainland authorities' response to the accident, including the deployment of salvage ships, has raised questions, given that the government showed it was more than capable of handling the disaster on its own.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, in particular, was criticised for allowing a senior figure from the central government's liaison office to play a key role.

3 Oct 2012 - 10:37am 13 comments

Paul Tse admits getting Beijing's help in Legco election

New Kowloon East lawmaker Paul Tse. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

New lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun admits getting a leg-up from the central government's liaison office during the Legislative Council election campaign, during which critics called him a "fake independent".

3 Oct 2012 - 2:09pm