Hong Kong’s leader seeks public trust, warns of ‘soft resistance’

Beijing, July 1 (EFE).- Hong Kong’s Chief Executive John Lee vowed on Saturday to earn public trust through concrete actions and results while warning against “soft resistance” in the city.

Lee, who completed his first year in office, made these remarks in a speech on the 26th anniversary of the return of the former British colony to China.

The government will strive to “gain trust through action, narrow gaps with results, and build mutual trust through achievements,” he said, public broadcaster RTHK reported.

The head of the semi-autonomous region also called for vigilance against the dangers of what he described as “soft resistance.”

“While society is largely stable, we know that we are intentionally targeted and oppressed by some countries which have misjudged the peaceful development of our motherland,” he said, in reference to China.

“Destructive forces using ‘soft resistance’ means are still lurking in our city. We must stay vigilant and be proactive in safeguarding national security,” he added.

“I have full confidence in Hong Kong, yet we must stay alert,” Lee said.

During his speech, the Hong Kong leader highlighted his administration’s achievements, saying that it had brought Hong Kong “out of the haze.”

“In the first five months of this year, Hong Kong received more than 10 million visitors. The tourism industry and consumption spur our economic recovery,” Lee said.

He said that the city’s economy had begun expanding and that its GDP would grow by between 3.5 percent and 5.5 percent this year.

The 26th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty, which is commemorated on July 1, comes amid concern by a large part of the population about the future of the city, which has traditionally enjoyed more freedoms than the mainland.

Hong Kong is scheduled to be fully integrated with China by 2047. EFE


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