HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivered on Wednesday her first policy address three months after taking office.
Lam, who assumed office in July, began her inaugural address by marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China and said Hong Kong’s future depends on its relations with the “Motherland.”
“‘One country, two systems’ is the best institutional arrangement to ensure Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability after our return to the Motherland. It is a workable solution and an achievable goal welcomed by the people,” Lam said.
“Everybody with a passion for Hong Kong has the responsibility to ensure that, here in Hong Kong, ‘One country, two systems’ advances in the right direction in Hong Kong, the obligation to say ‘no’ to any attempt to threaten our country’s sovereignty, security and development interests, as well as the duty to nurture our next generation into citizens with a sense of national identity, an affection for Hong Kong and a sense of social responsibility,” she added.
Lam delivered the address at the Legislative Council Complex in front of councilors, members of the public and students.
Several groups of protesters gathered outside the council complex as Lam gave her speech, including members of the League of Social Democrats party, and a group of elderly citizens demanding a pension scheme.
Lam’s address outlined the government’s priorities including public housing, the economy and unemployment, as well as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area development project.
The policy speech put forward a total of 251 new initiatives and 469 ongoing ones, according to the Hong Kong’s government press release on Wednesday.
Lam, 60, was inaugurated on July 1, becoming the first woman in the post and the fifth Chief Executive, amid protests on the same day by pro-democracy marchers, on the 20th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China.
She was elected on March 26 by a committee of 1,200 members which is strongly influenced by Beijing.