The director of the Liaison Office of the central government in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, has dismissed rumors that Hong Kong's Chief Executive would be replaced, Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday.
The remarks were made at a youth development forum, and came in the first public speech from Zhang since he became director in December.
He pointed out that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's performance over the half year was fully affirmed by the central government when he reported his work in Beijing at the end of last year.
He also said that the central government's policy on Hong Kong will be consistent, and there would not be tightening of policies, adding that the key is to thoroughly carry out the "one country, two systems" policy and respect and maintain the authority of the SAR's Basic Law.
Zhang, who had been working with the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council since 1986, understands more about the special administrative region than his predecessors, Chen Lijun, a professor with the Center for Studies of Hong Kong, Macao and Pearl River Delta at Sun Yat-sen University, told the Global Times.
"The remarks are aimed at reassuring Hong Kong people that the liaison office will not interfere in Hong Kong's affairs," Chen said.
"This actually reiterates the original role of the office," Chen added.