Hong Kong security chief shares social media success stories at Hefei influence conference

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The Permanent Secretary for Security, Mr Patrick Li (left), called on Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of the CPC Anhui Provincial Committee and Director of the Information Office of the Anhui Provincial Government, Mr Zheng Mingwu (right), on 18th April.

19th April 2024 – (Hefei) Mr. Patrick Li, the Permanent Secretary for Security, addressed a key influence conference in Hefei today, co-hosted by the Office of Cyberspace Affairs of the CPC Anhui Provincial Committee and social media giant Weibo. During his keynote speech, he outlined how the Security Bureau (SB) effectively uses social media to narrate Hong Kong’s accomplishments, highlighting a successful campaign during Super Typhoon Saola.

The conference, which took place on 19th April, featured Mr. Li’s insights into the strategic communication efforts of the SB, particularly through an impactful post on Weibo titled “Tropical Cyclone.” This post showcased exclusive photos and a video from the Government Flying Services (GFS), capturing their daring meteorological data collection amidst the typhoon. The post not only received high engagement from the mainland China audience but also earned accolades and a Weibo award for outstanding social media content. It was widely shared and praised by meteorological institutions across the mainland, celebrating the professionalism of the GFS.

Mr. Li’s visit to Hefei, spanning three days, also included meetings with senior officials from the United Front Work Department and the Publicity Department of the CPC Anhui Provincial Committee. These discussions focused on enhancing cooperation in areas such as youth engagement and promoting national identity among young people.

In addition to his official engagements, Mr. Li toured several local innovative enterprises and research institutions, including the Three Sheep Group, Anhui Innovation Pavilion, and iFLYTEK Corporation. These visits provided him with insights into the latest advancements in artificial intelligence and new media strategy, which are integral to modern public safety and emergency response management.

Concluding his productive visit, Mr. Li returned to Hong Kong this afternoon, armed with valuable experiences and strengthened ties that support the SB’s ongoing efforts to harness social media in telling compelling stories of Hong Kong under the “one country, two systems” principle.