A “solid foundation” for creating favorable conditions for border reopenings has been built in an “earnest discussion” between Hong Kong and Shenzhen officials this afternoon.
Chief Secretary for Administration John Lee Ka-chiu led a delegation to meet with Deputy Director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Huang Liuquan to exchange thoughts on anti-epidemic strategies and study possibilities to reopen the mainland-Hong Kong border “in a gradual and orderly manner.”
Huang told the delegation that Beijing attaches great importance to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s requests on the resumption of quarantine-free travel.
Mainland experts in the meeting reaffirmed the SAR’s present situation of “zero local infections” for over a month.
Both sides explored in detail the factors of consideration for border resumption, during which they provided relevant information.
“The two sides will further study the details and strive to hold a second meeting as soon as possible,” a spokesman from the Chief Secretary for Administration’s Office said.
The meeting was hosted by Huang and attended by mainland experts led by National Health Commission’s disease prevention and control bureau Deputy Director Wu Liangyou, as well as representatives from the Liaison Office, Guangdong and Shenzhen officials.
The SAR delegation included Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee, Secretary for Innovation and Technology Alfred Sit Wing-hang and government adviser for Covid
-19 David Hui Shu-cheong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.