Chief Executive John Lee sets forth to Beijing for top legislative session

Chief Executive John Lee

2nd March 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong’s Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu is set to journey to Beijing on the coming Tuesday to participate in the inaugural meeting of the year’s second session of the 14th National People’s Congress, as revealed by government officials this past Saturday.

Carol Yip Man-kuen, the Director of the Chief Executive’s Office, will accompany Lee on this significant visit, where high-level discussions and exchanges with central ministries are on the agenda.

This visit is not merely ceremonial; it is expected to be a conduit for enhancing collaboration. Lee is slated to observe the signing of pivotal cooperation agreements. These documents signify a joint effort between the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the National Health Commission to intensify the training of healthcare professionals, as well as initiatives with the Health Bureau to elevate prevention and management of local infectious diseases.

The financial and health sectors are also represented in this diplomatic mission, with the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Christopher Hui Ching-yu, and Secretary for Health, Lo Chung-mau, attending relevant segments of the Beijing visit.

Lee’s return to Hong Kong is scheduled for 6th March. In the interim, the governance of Hong Kong will be entrusted to Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki, who will assume the duties of Acting Chief Executive. This temporary transfer of responsibilities ensures the continuity of leadership while Lee engages with the central authorities, highlighting the importance of such intergovernmental dialogues for the region’s strategic interests.