HK police chief to pay courtesy call to Beijing

By Chen Qingqing and Deng Xiaoci Source:Global Times Published: 2019/12/5 15:18:40

Commissioner of Police of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Tang Ping-keung helds a press conference on Tuesday morning. Photo: Hong Kong-based online news portal HK01

Hong Kong Police Commissioner Chris Tang Ping-keung will travel to Beijing on Friday for an expected visit to the Ministry of Public Security and the State Council.

A spokesperson with the Hong Kong Police Force confirmed the trip to Beijing with the Global Times on Thursday, but did not provide further details on the commissioners' itinerary. This will be his first trip to Beijing since being named police commissioner on November 19.

Hong Kong Junior Police Officers' Association Chairman, Lam Chi-wai told the Global Times on Thursday that Tang's Beijing trip is simply following protocol and he will report to the central government on his work.

Lam said he believes the central government will  give recognition to the efforts of the Hong Kong Police Force, provide instruction on Tang's future work to effectively bring an end to unrest in Hong Kong, and boost the confidence and determination of Hong Kong's law enforcement officers.

Tang's trip to Beijing will last two days, according to a report on Wednesday in Hong Kong media outlet Singtao Daily. Tang is expected to call on the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, the report said.

While in Beijing Tang is expected to meet with State Councilor and Minister of Public Security, Zhao Kezhi, and Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, the report said. 

The MPS had not confirmed the meetings with Global Times as of press time. 

The Singtao Daily report also characterizes Tang's Beijing visit as "convention" and he will be accompanied by Deputy Commission Siu Chak-yee .

According to the newspaper, Tang will return to Hong Kong on Sunday morning and take charge of efforts to deal with an expected march by the Civil Human Rights Front that day.


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