China's Premier Li Keqiang praised Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu's effort over his six-month job, saying the Central Government fully recognised the work of him and the SAR government.
Lee started his duty visit to Beijing for the first time in his term yesterday and was received by Premier Li at Zhongnanhai on Thursday afternoon.
Premier Li praised the Hong Kong government's efforts in revitalizing the economy as it rolls back COVID
-19 restrictions. Li added that the Central Government will fully support the SAR administration.
“The fates of Hong Kong and the motherland are closely intertwined,” Li said. “I hope the Hong Kong government will unite and lead the people of Hong Kong to contribute its advantages as it integrates into the national development plan in accordance with the country’s needs."
The city should continue to strengthen its position as an international financial center and global trading and maritime hub as it integrates into China's development, he added.
John Lee expressed his gratitude to the premier for his encouragement and support for Hong Kong, and added that he would continue to develop the economy and improve citizens' well beings.
China's Vice-Premier Han Zheng, Director of Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Xia Baolong, and Director of the Central Government's Liaison Office in the HKSAR Luo Huining also attended the meeting.
Lee will meet with China's President Xi Jinping on Friday before returning to Hong Kong on Saturday.