Jun 25, 2021 05:00 PM

Beijing Names Security Chief as Hong Kong’s New No. 2 Official

What’s new: Beijing has tapped Hong Kong’s top security officer to be the special administrative region’s new No. 2 official, based on recommendations by the city’s leader Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, named Secretary of Security John Lee to become the city’s new chief secretary, filling a position held since 2017 by the departing Matthew Cheung, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday morning.

Lee’s old position will be filled by Commissioner of Police Chris Tang, who will be succeeded by one of his deputies, Raymond Siu, the report added.

The background: The decision comes as Hong Kong government agencies have set up a joint working group to help implement China’s 14th Five-Year Plan, covering the nation’s development through 2025, by boosting the city’s status as an international financial center, Lam said Thursday at the Caixin Summer Summit 2021.

The same day, Apple Daily, once one of Hong Kong’s best-selling newspapers, published its last edition as the paper’s finances and staff came under increasing pressure over alleged violations of the region’s new national security rules.

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