Xi speech did not imply national security laws, Carrie Lam says

Local | 12 Nov 2018 6:20 pm

The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she does not feel President Xi Jinping highlighted the issue of national security during a Beijing meeting today, brushing off a claim by another delegate who was at the same meeting.

Lam was speaking after attending a reception at the Great Hall of the People in which Lam and Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai-on attended with several delegates from both the cities, RTHK reports.

A Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress, Chan Yung, said earlier that President Xi asked Hong Kong to help protect national security during the state leader's 40-minute speech.

Chan cited President Xi's words that said he thinks the "homecoming of people's minds and hearts is a process in history, and that it should proceed in a timely manner, or else nothing can be done.''

During a media briefing later, Lam was asked whether she thinks that means President Xi is hinting that Hong Kong should pass the national security laws as soon as possible.

Lam rejected this and said President Xi never mentioned this topic specifically.

Lam also reiterated she has no plans yet to reshuffle senior officials, despite reports that she is seeking the Xi's approval to remove Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.

She also said Xi's praise for Hong Kong's role in the country's development and its continued role in the future was gratifying and reassuring.

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