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Hong Kong: The people will be listened to - Chief Executive Carrie Lam02:44

Hong Kong: The people will be listened to - Chief Executive Carrie Lam

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
August 20, 2019 at 04:43 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said her government was committed to listening to the people as she announced plans to create a platform for dialogue in response to the ongoing political crisis at a press conference from the Central Government Complex on Tuesday.

"I and my principal officials are committed to listen to what the people have to tell us," Lam said.

"This is something that we want to do in a very sincere and humble manner."

She dismissed calls for an independent inquiry into the police, insisting that the Independence Police Complaints Council (IPCC) was capable of dealing with alleged police misconduct.

Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers marched in the Chinese city in torrential rain on Sunday for the eleventh week running. Despite occasionally descending into violence, the protest movement has retained support and is planning further demonstrating.

Lam also responded to a question about the influence China is exerting on companies operating in the special administration region.

While refusing to go into specifics, she maintained that Hong Kong had "unique advantages in attracting overseas companies".

"One of the most important strengths is the rule of law. That's why we have been doing so much to ensure that the rule is law is being upheld and respected in Hong Kong," she added.

Hong Kong: The people will be listened to - Chief Executive Carrie Lam02:44
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Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said her government was committed to listening to the people as she announced plans to create a platform for dialogue in response to the ongoing political crisis at a press conference from the Central Government Complex on Tuesday.

"I and my principal officials are committed to listen to what the people have to tell us," Lam said.

"This is something that we want to do in a very sincere and humble manner."

She dismissed calls for an independent inquiry into the police, insisting that the Independence Police Complaints Council (IPCC) was capable of dealing with alleged police misconduct.

Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers marched in the Chinese city in torrential rain on Sunday for the eleventh week running. Despite occasionally descending into violence, the protest movement has retained support and is planning further demonstrating.

Lam also responded to a question about the influence China is exerting on companies operating in the special administration region.

While refusing to go into specifics, she maintained that Hong Kong had "unique advantages in attracting overseas companies".

"One of the most important strengths is the rule of law. That's why we have been doing so much to ensure that the rule is law is being upheld and respected in Hong Kong," she added.

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