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CY Leung set to become deputy head of CPPCC; New head for Beijing’s top think tank on Hong Kong.


CY Leung set to become deputy head of CPPCC

Several Chinese media outlets reported that CY Leung will likely be named the next deputy chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in March, becoming the first Hong Kong chief executive to join the consultation body while still assuming the job as the city’s head

Leung, who has announced not to seek a second term, will reportedly travel to Beijing for a week early next month. Source suggested that Beijing will make an announcement regarding Hong Kong and Macau affairs-related works.

 

New head for Beijing’s top think tank on Hong Kong

Xu Ze, a former Beijing official who has handled Hong Kong affairs for more than three decades, will replace Chen Zuoer as chairman of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies.

Xu joined the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in 1982 and became deputy director of Beijing’s liaison office in Macau in 2004. He returned to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office as deputy director in 2013 and retired two years ago.

Xu, a fluent Cantonese speaker, was said to be more open-minded and low-profile than his predecessor.