At least half of 480 staff members of Hong Kong Liaison Office to be reshuffled, sources

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28th January 2021 – (Hong Kong) In recent months, news of reshuffle in the team in the Liaison Office of the Central Committee have been reported successively in the political circle.

It is reported that the current staff total of the Liaison Office of the Central Committee is about 480, but at least half of the positions have been replaced. The scale is rare. People familiar with the matter said that this is just an internal reshuffle exercise and not a lay-off.

The person pointed out that many new candidates have no relations with Hong Kong so they can analyse Hong Kong issues “more objectively” and “more scientifically.” The new faces who take over are also relatively young and come from “from all corners of the world.” The purpose is to explore and solve Hong Kong’s various intricate political and economic livelihood issues from a new perspective and method.

Due to the large number of people involved, the source pointed out that not only the grassroots posts are involved, but also at the management level. Luo Huining, the director of the Liaison Office of the Central Committee, has 6 deputy directors and 1 secretary-general. There are also several agencies under his jurisdiction, including the General Office, Information Consulting Office, Information Centre, and the Department of Social Affairs, social work, etc.

Sources believe that the personnel changes or the central government’s policy towards Hong Kong has entered a new “reform stage,” but the general principles of “one country, two systems” and a high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong will not change.

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