Hectic schedule for HK leader in capital

Top News | Phoenix Un 7 Aug 2017

Carrie Lam began her first duty visit to Beijing since becoming chief executive with a tour of the Forbidden City.

The trip - she departed for Beijing yesterday morning - came just a day after arriving from visits to Singapore and Bangkok.

During her three-day trip to the capital, Lam will visit more than 10 ministries and institutes, mainly relating to Hong Kong's role in the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Big Bay Area. She returns to Hong Kong tomorrow.

She had dinner last night with Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum, in the Forbidden City, which cooperates with Hong Kong relating to its West Kowloon Palace Museum project.

Among the agencies to be visited by Lam is the National Development and Reform Commission. She will discuss specific measures to implement the cooperative agreement that the two SARs and Guangdong signed with the NDRC on July 1.

During Lam's visit from August 2 to 5 to Thailand and Singapore, which are both members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, she paid her respects to the late King of Thailand at the Grand Palace. She met Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday. Lam also met Thai foreign minister Don Pramudwinai, who cited two "Iron Ladies in Asia," referring to Lam and Burma's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

They witnessed the signing of a Letter of Intent between Hong Kong's Trade Development Council and the Department of International Trade Promotion under Thailand's Ministry of Commerce.

In Singapore, Lam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien-loong said they were both looking forward to the signing of the ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement after negotiations are completed.

She said her key priorities in Hong Kong are housing, education and economic development.

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