Chief Executive Lee Ka-chao ended his four-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trip to Bangkok on November 20. It is the first time Hong Kong has rejoined an international conference since 2109, when a number of officials the government approved by the United States. During the period, Li Jiachao had bilateral meetings with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Li Jiachao emphasized that Hong Kong has once again stood on the world stage.
After the handover ceremony, which was the finale of the APEC meeting, President Xi Jinping shook hands with Li Jiachao, who was sitting next to him, and they left the venue side by side. When leaving the venue, Chairman Xi gently held Li Jiachao’s arm, and the two talked while walking. After the meeting, Li Jiachao told the media that during the meeting, he reported the latest situation in Hong Kong to Chairman Xi, and Chairman Xi supported and encouraged him to work hard. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi also had a short chat with Li Jiachao during the meeting. Li Jiachao quoted Wang Yi as saying that he agreed that Hong Kong is governed in accordance with the law and implements the policy “one country, two systems”, which is in line with the country’s requirements.
Li Jiachao also used the meeting to start negotiations on a free trade agreement with Peru He also said that Hong Kong hopes to join the “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement” (RCEP), while ASEAN expressed support for Hong Kong to join RCEP as soon as it is possible.
Looking at the chief executive leading the delegation to participate in the APEC meeting, there are a number of great significance:
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