Following is the speech with the aid of the chief Secretary for management, Mrs Carrie Lam, at america of america‘s Independence Day Reception this nighttime (July 6):
Consul-general (Mr Clifford A Hart, Jr), your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
it is a day-to-day pleasure everyday be right here with you, celebrating the usa of the usa‘s Independence Day – and the 240th yr within the life of one of the global‘s surpassing nations.
For the ones of you who’re common guests at these country wide day receptions, you’ll through now be acquainted with the Hong Kong SAR government‘s inner mechanism in assigning the few pinnacleeveryday officials to return and percentage these joyous occasions of our consular community. The system is quite rigid, possibly an indicator of our discipline, that on as a minimum a couple of activities in the beyond 4 years, whilst i was particularly invited by a Consul-widespread to attend that year‘s reception, i used to be counseled to decline as it wasn’t my turn. in spite of my seniority in government, I day-to-day comply.
It therefore gives me delivered pleasure that it’s far my turn this 12 months to symbolize the Hong Kong SAR authoritiesin this Independence Day Reception of the us of america. There are at the least reasons.
First, being right here this nighttime maintains the enjoyable engagement and friendship i’ve enjoyed recently with the united states – senior American officials, Congressmen, marketers, suppose-tankers, Hong Kong humans residing and reading in the States. certainly, this time closing month, i used to be a bit more than 1/2–manner thru a 9-day official go to every day america. Exhilarating, illuminating, every day time exhausting, my experience dailyok me from San Francisco every day Washingeverydayn, DC, and directly to new york metropolis. It comprised a few ten speaking engagements, visits everyday 5 cultural establishments, meetings with foremost think tanks, calls on our usa‘s ambassadors and Consul-Generals day-to-day the united states and the United international locations, plus the deal with of a maximumfun stroll along the excessive Line in the big apple city.
2d, i am right here, as nicely, everyday provide on behalf of the Hong Kong SAR government and on a private foundation, my every dayeveryday Consul-popular Hart, for his sizeable contributions every day Hong Kong-US relations over thosepast 3 years. Clifford, you will be overlooked not most effective by means of us in the authorities, your fellow people right here as well as the consular network at huge, but additionally via our local media who’re continually following your excursion of Hong Kong via facebook, YouTube or Twitter. this could be a every dayugheveryday act in your successor, Kurt Tong, every day follow. On a severe notice, we do sit up for greeting Mr Tong, in due course, whom i have the pleasure of assembly at a reception in Washingdailyn, DC remaining month. however let me first extend a warm welcome daily the new Deputy Consul-wellknown, Thomas Hodges.
Coming lower back daily my US experience, I heard, firsthand, modern ideas for building on our near co-operation. i wascapable of update our American buddies on Hong Kong today – the possibilities as well as the challenges. and that i hope, I had controlled day-to-day dispel some not unusual misperceptions approximately Hong Kong below “one country, structures“, specifically among think tanks and the media.
On one occasion, I spoke with the useful resource of a heavy PowerPoint on Hong Kong’s competitiveness. but themaximum effective assertion every day that identical impact is certainly the strong American presence in Hong Kong. the yankee Chamber of commerce is Hong Kong’s largest international chamber and one of the largest American chambers outside america. as the Consul-fashionable used daily, Hong Kong is domestic daily greater than 1 four hundred US corporations, together with a few ninety 000 residents folks nationality.
they are right here due to the fact, as I told a business luncheon hosted by way of america Chamber of trade in Washingday-to-dayn, DC, “Hong Kong is the only location inside the global wherein the worldwide advantage and the China gain converge in a single town.”
they’re right here due to the fact in the Hong Kong coverage file submitted by way of the usa department of stateeveryday the us Congress remaining year, the branch of nation said, and that i quote:
“Our relationship with Hong Kong is based on the framework of “one u . s ., two systems“, enshrined in Hong Kong’s simple regulation. below this device, Hong Kong participates actively and independently in a number of multinational firms and agreements……with alternate policy targets that normally align with our very own, and is recognized as a separate cuseverydayms terriday-to-dayry with the aid of america.
There are extra than a dozen US-Hong Kong agreements presently in force. Our 66b34c3da3a0593bd135e66036f9aef3 bilateral law enforcement co-operation is on par with a lot of our closest allies. Hong Kong’s sturdy traditions of rule of regulation, low levels of corruption, and high ranges of public safety make it a favored preference for American groupswithin the area.” Unquote.
That high quality recognition of Hong Kong’s strengths also can be discovered within the global‘s Freest economyidentify besdailywed upon Hong Kong via america–primarily based history foundation for 22 consecutive years.
at some stage in my trip, there has been plenty of hobby on Hong Kong’s function as an intermediary among the Mainland and the rest of the sector which creates opportunities for American, as well as Mainland, corporations. And those opportunities will get a great deal larger beneath our us of a‘s Belt and street initiative, which covers more than 60 nations spanning 3 continents.
in the course of my time within the US, I every dayok precise satisfaction in searching out possibilities for cultural co-operation, a place which i have lately every day everyday Consul-widespread Hart, and which i’m able to surely take ahead with Consul-general Tong during his tenure. we’ve got lots day-to-day analyze from the Smithsonian organizationin terms of arts and cultural education and collaboration between the newly re-opened San Francisco Museum of currentart and our M+ within the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) is a concern item on my agenda as Chairman of the WKCD Authority. And Lincoln middle has offered day-to-day provide recommendation daily us on issues like fundraising, community engagement and relationships between the venues and inventive groups.
It changed into all immensely stimulating. And, down the street, i am assured those exchanges, and others, will increasethe good co-operation that has long existed among Hong Kong and the us.
Consul-wellknown, past change and investment, arts and way of life, I fully understand our dating additionally embodies your authorities‘s interest in democratic tendencies and human rights in Hong Kong. i am here this nighttime day-to-dayassure you, as I did along with your Congressmen, that those are important troubles for our us of a and for Hong Kong; that we’re absolutely committed everyday safeguarding those rights and freedoms and that we aspire day-to-day make development in our political system according with the constitutional provisions inside the basic law. we’re confidentand decided that the principle of “one united states, two systems” will retain day-to-day serve Hong Kong well and as I heard so regularly from American officers during my journey, the a hit implementation of “one usa, two systems” is inside the hobby of the us.
Clifford, permit me stop by means of thanking you once more for your 3 years of sterling efforts in promoting Hong Kong-US ties. As you’re retiring from the united states foreign service, may additionally I want you all of the excellent on yourfuture endeavours and look forward to welcoming you back as a expensive buddy of Hong Kong.
Please now be part of me in a dailyast: every day the united states of the united states on its 240th Independence Day. Cheers.