CY Leung hasn’t officially taken over as Chief Executive, but he is already doing a fine job of pissing off the people of Hong Kong. Just one day after winning that farce of an “election”, Leung was spotted making a visit to the Beijing Liaison Office (you can think of that as China’s “embassy” in HK), and spending some 90 minutes there.
Hong Kong’s The Standard reports:
He was seen leaving the building with top officials, including the liaison office’s director Peng Qinghua, deputy director Li Gang and head of research Cao Erbao.
Reports earlier suggested that Cao helped Leung with his election campaign by urging Chief Executive’s Office director Gabriel Leung Cheuk-wai to slow down the investigation into the candidate’s alleged conflict of interest in the West Kowloon Cultural District design project.
Leung’s visit to the liaison office yesterday drew intense criticism, with accusations he was personally thanking the Beijing officials for canvassing support that saw him win the election on Sunday.
He ignored questions about the purpose of the visit upon returning to his interim office, after making two other stops, in the old government headquarters in Central until a journalist yelled that Leung was showing disregard for the media immediately after he was elected.
He made a U-turn at the elevator and denied the accusation. “I went there to talk about my [chief executive] appointment in Beijing,” he said. “I also suggested to the central government through the liaison office how Hong Kong can better utilize the support given by the country. This is something many people care about.”
The well-respected former chief secretary Anson Chan has described Leung’s visit as an “act of defiance” in an interview with Bloomberg TV.
“Maybe it’s a taste of things to come,” she said. “I think he’s determined to govern according to his own style. And the concern is that behind him, the central government, through the Liaison Office, will be ruling Hong Kong.”