Xi Jinping 'fully acknowledges' Carrie Lam's 5-year tenure as Hong Kong chief executive
The central authorities "fully acknowledge" Carrie Lam's work during her five-year tenure as the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), President Xi Jinping told the outgoing city leader on Thursday.
Xi arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday afternoon to attend events marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland. The celebrations include the inaugural ceremony of the sixth-term government of the HKSAR led by John Lee on Friday.
During the meeting, Xi hailed Lam's firm adherence to the "One Country, Two Systems" principle and the Basic Law, uniting people from all walks of life to end violence and chaos and implementing "patriots governing Hong Kong" with the firm support of the central authorities.
"You have enabled Hong Kong to achieve a major transition from chaos to order," Xi said.
The president also lauded Lam's "arduous efforts and vital contributions" to safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, and integrating Hong Kong into national development.
Xi said he hopes that Lam will actively support the incoming chief executive and the new-term HKSAR government in exercising law-based governance and continue to contribute to the development of Hong Kong and the motherland.
Lam expressed her heartfelt thanks to Xi for visiting Hong Kong amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adding the visit fully demonstrates Xi's care for Hong Kong compatriots.
Xi also met with senior figures of the HKSAR's executive, legislative and judicial bodies, local dignitaries, representatives of the HKSAR disciplined services, central government officials based in Hong Kong and senior executives of Hong Kong branches of mainland enterprises and institutions.