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Hong Kong gov't to start work immediately on building platform for dialogue: Carrie Lam

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨Xinhua

08-20-2019 16:10 BJT

HONG KONG, Aug. 20 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government will start work immediately on building a platform for dialogue among all walks of life, the HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday.

While meeting the press, Lam said she hopes all sides can show understanding and respect toward each other, and conduct dialogues in an open and direct manner with people of all classes with different political stances and backgrounds in a bid to find a way out for Hong Kong.

Lam said she and the heads of the government bureaus are willing to go directly to communities and talk with people.

On the economic situation in Hong Kong, Lam said the economic figures for the first half of the year did not fully reflect the severity of the downside risks.

A raft of measures with total government spending of 19.1 billion Hong Kong dollars (2.43 billion U.S. dollars) have been rolled out to support growth and relieve the burden on businesses and individuals.

If necessary, the HKSAR government will adopt more such measures to support the economy before the release of the policy address or the government budget, Lam said.

Lam pledged that the HKSAR government will keep monitoring the economic situation, make necessary preparations and propose effective measures.

The HKSAR government will act more boldly to deal with deep-seated problems and both high-level and grassroots officials will give priority to the need of residents when proposing specific measures, Lam said.

During the past two years, the HKSAR government has taken effective measures in its policy address in areas such as housing, land and education to advance the economy and improve people's livelihood, Lam said.

Lam also responded positively to the new policy support for Shenzhen by the central government.

China will build the southern city into a pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics, according to a document issued recently by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

The city's development toward a pilot demonstration area will also be a boon to the complementary cooperation between Shenzhen and hong Kong, Lam said.

Of all cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the relationship between Hong Kong and Shenzhen is the closest, she said.

"The two are very good partners," Lam said, adding that the two have built a high-level cooperative mechanism and are jointly developing a technological and innovation park.

Lam also said the Independent Police Complaints Council is working on an independent investigation into the causes and facts of the recent confrontations and violence, adding that a report will be submitted to her in six months and will also be available to the public.

"I hope that this is a very responsible response to the aspirations (of public) for better understanding of what has been taking place in Hong Kong," she added.


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