Stephen M. Young, U.S. consul general for Hong Kong, comments on the city’s chief executive election and U.S. relationship with China at a press conference today.
Leung Chun-ying, a former government adviser, was picked in March to head the city by a 1,193-member panel of Hong Kong billionaires, academics and professionals, over two other candidates.
On the election:
“He ran a pretty good campaign. It left one with a strongest feeling that this was an important building block to prepare for full universal election.”
The “long-standing U.S. policy has supported the express desire of the people of Hong Kong to participate in free elections by universal suffrage at the earliest possible date.”
On closer cooperation with China:
“The United States seeks more opportunities for cooperation with Beijing, including greater communication between our militaries to promote understanding and avoid miscalculation.
“We will attempt to do this, even as we continue to speak candidly to Beijing about the importance of upholding international norms, meeting international commitments, and respecting universal human rights.”
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