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Leader-in-waiting light on policy details in Hong Kong reboot vow

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John Lee, Hong Kong's chief secretary, leaves following a news conference in Hong Kong on April 6, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
HONG KONG — A former top cop set to become Hong Kong’s new leader vowed to reboot the city’s international competitiveness on Saturday, but revealed few concrete policy details on how that will be achieved.اضافة اعلان

John Lee, 64, is expected to be anointed the business hub’s next chief executive by a committee of Beijing loyalists next month.

A hardline former security chief, he is currently the only person to have announced a leadership bid in what Hong Kong media have widely reported will be a race with no rivals at Beijing’s request.

“Hong Kong must maintain its character of being an international metropolis,” Lee said during his first press conference since announcing his leadership bid.

“This will include ensuring Hong Kong is an attractive place to work and live.”

Whoever takes over the running of Hong Kong will inherit a city that has had its reputation battered by huge democracy protests, a crackdown on political freedoms, and more than two years of strict pandemic curbs that have left residents and businesses cut off internationally.

Speaking from behind a facemask at an online press conference, Lee laid out his vision for the future under an official slogan “Starting a New Chapter for Hong Kong Together”.

But his stump speech stuck to aspirations and ideals without detailing any concrete policies or targets.

“I am a pragmatic man, and have always believed in being results oriented,” Lee said.

“This will be a new symphony and I am the conductor.”


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