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Monday, April 15, 2019, 14:45
Wang: Safeguarding national security key to HK's prosperity
By Willa Wu and He Shusi
Monday, April 15, 2019, 14:45 By Willa Wu and He Shusi

(From Left) Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, President of Hong Kong's Legislative Council; Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Hong Kong Chief Secretary; Xie Feng, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the HKSAR; Deng Zhonghua, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office; Tsang Yok-sing, Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Policy Research Institute; Tung Chee-hwa, Vice-chairman of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee; Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor; Wang Zhimin, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in HKSAR; Paul Yip Kwok-wah, Founder and Chairman of Hong Kong Policy Research Institute; Huang Wei, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China and Tian Yongjiang, Deputy Commander of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison pose for a group photo at the National Security Education Day Hong Kong Symposium in Admiralty, Hong Kong on April 15, 2019. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

Safeguarding national security plays a key role in maintaining the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s long-term stability and prosperity, and protecting the wellbeing of the people of Hong Kong, the central government’s top liaison official in Hong Kong said on Monday.

Wang Zhimin, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, made the remarks at Hong Kong's second National Security Education Day Symposium.

He also shared his hopes for the city’s young people to play as a major force in safeguarding national security.

Wang Zhimin, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, delivers a speech at the symposium in Admiralty, Hong Kong, April 15, 2019. (ROU LIU / CHINA DAILY)

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, as well as central government and Hong Kong SAR officials and political heavyweights, also attended the event.

Lam stressed that safeguarding national security is in consistence with the benefits of the Hong Kong SAR, and is the SAR’s constitutional responsibility under the Basic Law.

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Lam reiterated that every sector in the city should proactively safeguard national security in accordance with the characteristics of their professional fields. Lam mentioned a few sectors for example, including education, business, healthcare and science and technology.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor speaks at the National Security Education Day Hong Kong Symposium in Admiralty, Hong Kong, April 15, 2019. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

This is the second symposium held under the theme of the National Security Education Day in Hong Kong.

National Security Education Day has been held on April 15 each year since 2016 to promote public awareness of national security. The day was designated by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress – the country's top legislature – after it passed the National Security Law on July 1, 2015.


Contact the writers at willa@chinadailyhk.com

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