Lee pledges to spare no effort to build a caring and inclusive Hong Kong

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John Lee Ka-chiu, new chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, speaks during a media interview in Hong Kong on June 7. [ZOU HONG/CHINA DAILY]

John Lee Ka-chiu, the new chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, pledged to make every effort over the next five years of his tenure to build a caring and inclusive Hong Kong.

The next five years will be a critical period for Hong Kong to maintain stability and seek prosperity, and the new Hong Kong government will focus on developing the economy and improving people’s livelihoods so that they can benefit from the value the government has created to address the city’s long-term problems, Lee said in an interview ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland on July 1. Lee will take office the same day.

“From my point of view, I will look at various issues that have troubled Hong Kong over the years, such as housing, livelihood issues and how people can find jobs, so that they can have an environment. very reasonable work and life,” Lee said. .

Regarding housing, the new government will streamline procedures and increase the supply of land and housing. This will be handled by special task forces led by senior government officials, he said.

The new government will also pay greater attention to youth employment. Traditional education can increase young people’s competitiveness, and they can also pursue vocational training according to their interests, Lee said.

“Young people are encouraged to seek job opportunities on the mainland, especially in the Greater Bay Area of ​​Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao. The government will provide them with funding for employment, grants and internships, …and they will also be able to find internships and jobs abroad,” says Lee.

At the same time, it is important to give young people a better understanding of history, especially the ups and downs of the country, so that they can take pride in its achievements.

“Knowing about the hardships and hardships the country has been through will make them direct and authentic with their feelings and emotions as Chinese nationals,” he said.

To achieve this, the government will do more to provide them with educational materials to help them appreciate the different aspects and times the country has gone through, Lee said.

It is also important to make young people feel part of the country’s successful achievements, such as the mission to send people into space, he said. Universities in Hong Kong have developed cameras used in space missions, so the city is part of that success, Lee added.

“This solidarity, this participation and this involvement are things that we should talk about more. We must feel that we are in history and that we are contributing to the overall success of the country,” he said.

Lee compared the relationship between Hong Kong and the country to members of the corps.

“Hong Kong is part of the country. Just like when the body is healthy, you will have healthy hands and legs. When you have strong legs and hands, the body will be healthier,” Lee said. .

Over the past 25 years, the “one country, two systems” principle has been successfully implemented and Hong Kong has become more resilient and vibrant, he said.

“Each time facing difficulties, Hong Kong managed to solve them and become stronger afterwards,” he said.

As Hong Kong’s “strongest supporter”, the central government helps the city deal with its problems, he said, adding that the city’s rich talent pool, efficient government and legal system global are also helpful in overcoming difficulties.

Lee said Hong Kong’s new government should make full use of the advantages of the “one country, two systems” principle and promote Hong Kong’s full integration into the country’s overall development. Hong Kong serves as a bridge between other countries and the mainland and is also a global metropolis, he said.

“We must make Hong Kong a cultural metropolis to bring mainland and international culture together,” he said.

“While integrating into overall national development, Hong Kong is not only a contributor, but also a beneficiary, as we can connect our opportunities with those of the whole country, which can be immense. of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) and Hong Kong’s strategic position, there are many areas where the city can move forward in order to obtain the best development opportunities and the best results.”

Hong Kong can participate in international organizations as a special administrative region of China, through which the international community knows the value and achievements of the city as one of the special administrative regions of China according to the principle of “one country, two systems,” he said.

Everyone will better understand that the “one country, two systems” principle is the best systemic guarantee for Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability, he added.

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