Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Thursday, Feb 09, 2023

HK leaders tasked with meeting housing goal

HK leaders tasked with meeting housing goal

Chinese President Xi Jinping has given a clear route to Hong Kong's future, Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said, as he added that it would be the leaders' responsibility if the housing supply could not meet the goal.
This came after Xi talked about his four wishes for Hong Kong during his recent visit to the city.

Speaking on a TV program, Lee said a responsible government should help the citizens to solve the problems, and if the housing supply does not meet the target, it was the responsibility of not only front-line civil servants but also the leadership.

"If I can't do that, then I won't be allowed to waste time on the position," he said. "This is also the purpose of the accountability system."

Lee also said he was discussing relevant arrangements with the mainland authorities to have limited quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the mainland, but he could not reveal the details at this stage.

The chief executive also said quarantine requirements for international arrivals to Hong Kong could be adjusted to reduce inconveniences.

He stressed that there needs to be a reduction in the number of daily infections and that Hong Kong should carry out more laboratory nucleic acid testing for Covid because it’s a reliable way to detect infections, but there is no immediate need for a universal compulsory Covid testing campaign in the city.

Separately, Lee said the legislation of Article 23 of the Basic Law is inevitable but stressed that it must be "effective" to deal with the risk of serious harm to national security.

He said the legislation needed adequate legal research and he did not want it to be revised from time to time after legislation. He added that he would also consider the changes in the international situation, to put into account whether there were new national security risks, and time is not the most urgent consideration.

Asked whether he would focus on social development first and postpone the legislation of Article 23, Lee said according to the experience of 2019, national security risks were sudden, but agreed to review the situation and examine when to achieve the best balance.

He mentioned that it worthed to refer to the laws of countries that follow the Common Law but will also consider the practices of other countries.

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
China has declined the US's request for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to speak with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe after the US Air Force shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon, according to the Pentagon
The five largest oil companies in the West generated combined profits of nearly $200 billion in 2022, which has led to increased calls for governments to impose tougher windfall taxes
2 earthquakes in Turkey killed over 2,300 people
Powerful Earthquake Strikes Turkey and Syria, Killing More Than 1,300 People.
Turkish photographer Ugur Gallenkus portrays two different worlds within a single image. Brilliant work
Charlie Munger, calls for a ban on cryptocurrencies in the US, following China's lead
Hong Kong airlines taking bold action after the years of pandemic lockdown and travel restrictions, to make Hong Kong great again
EU found a way to use frozen Russian funds
First generation unopened iPhone set to fetch more than $50,000 at auction.
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT - US Memphis Police murdering innocent Tyre Nichols
Almost 30% of professionals say they've tried ChatGPT at work
Interpol seeks woman who ran elaborate exam cheating scam in Singapore
Chinese search giant Baidu to launch ChatGPT like AI chatbot.
What is ChatGPT?
Bill Gates is ‘very optimistic’ about the future: ‘Better to be born 20 years from now...than any time in the past’
China is opening up for foreign investors.
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
China relaxes 'red lines' on property sector borrowing in policy pivot
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
Japan prosecutors indict man for ex-PM Shinzo Abe murder
Vietnam removes two deputy PMs amid anti-corruption campaign
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
China’s recovery could add 1% to Australia’s GDP: JPMorgan 
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
China vows to strengthen financial support for enterprises: official
International medical experts speak out against COVID-19 restrictions on China
2 Billion People To Travel In China's "Great Migration" Over Next 40 Days
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
Flight constraints expected to weigh on China travel rebound
Billionaire Jack Ma relinquishes control of Ant Group
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
Teslas now over 40% cheaper in China than US
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
UK chaos: Hong Kong emigrants duped by false prospectus
China seeks course correction in US ties but will fight ‘all forms of hegemony’, top diplomat Wang Yi says
China will boost spending in 2023
African traders welcome end of China’s Covid travel curbs
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?