China’s President Xi Jinping expressed a “high degree of trust” in Hong Kong’s embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam after the two met in Shanghai on Monday months after the city has been rocked by protests that have pitted locals against the police.
Putting rest to the speculation that Carrie Lam be removed from her post, Xi endorsed Carrie Lam as a trusted leader. “Xi voiced the central government’s high degree of trust in Lam and full acknowledgment of the work of her and her governance team,” the official news agency, Xinhua reported on the meeting.
“Ending violence and chaos and restoring order remain the most important task for Hong Kong at present,” Xi was quoted by the Xinhua as telling Lam.
Xi and Lam’s meeting in Shanghai came in the backdrop of a weekend of violence in the special administration region (SAR) of Hong Kong marked by a knife attack and the vandalising of Xinhua’s office in the city.
“After hearing Lam’s report on the recent situation in Hong Kong, Xi said the disturbances in Hong Kong have lasted five months (and) Lam has led the SAR government to fully discharge its duties, strive to stabilise the situation and improve the social atmosphere, and has done a lot of hard work,” the Xinhua report added.