The reason cited for the delay is so that Hong Kong’s head can meet with Chinese officials this week to include their suggestions in the final address.
The 2020 Policy Address, originally meant for public release tomorrow has been postponed, announced Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
The delivery has been put off as Lam cited plans to travel to Shenzhen on Wednesday to consult with Chinese officials including President Xi Jinping so that their suggestions can be added to the address. Plans are to postpone the address until November, but no exact date has yet been given.
Lam hopes that this year’s address will “instil more confidence amongst Hong Kong people” after a tumultuous year for the city, which has dealt with social and economic hardship with the onslaught of COVID-19, protest-related conflict, and international sanctions.
In lieu of the address, arrangements for Wednesday will consist of the scrutiny four pending bills, such as the Fisheries Protection (Amendment) Bill 2019, instead.
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