Beijing's point man on law to step down

Central Station | 26 Oct 2018

Wang Zhenmin is set to leave his post as director of legal affairs at the central government liaison office next month and return to Beijing, sources said.

Wang was the dean of law at Tsinghua University before he came to Hong Kong in 2015.

It is understood he will return to the institution, but not as the dean, and continue teaching and conducting research.

Long-serving deputy director Liu Chunhua is set to be promoted.

Wang's decision to step down comes less than a week after Zheng Xiaosong, director of the Macau Liaison Office, died after falling from his Macau flat.

As the preeminent legal expert in Beijing's office here, Wang has made controversial remarks regarding SAR politics and legal affairs in his three years in office.

In July, he said that the constitution of China automatically applies in Hong Kong, and the country would not handle Hong Kong affairs in accordance with Hong Kong laws.

Last November, Wang also lambasted critics of the Chinese government, saying they had "brains made of granite" and were still living in the past.

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