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Chief Secretary closes
U.S. trip with NYC visit

Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (third from left), Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA Clement Leung (second from left) and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York Director Steve Barclay (second from right) visit the High Line with landscape architect Keith O'Connor (far left) and Chief Operating Officer of Friends of the High Line Julie Twitmyer (far right).

Mrs. Lam (left) and Mr. Leung (far right) visit the Manhattan School of Music and meet with its president, James Gandre.

Mrs. Lam (center) visits the Lincoln Center with Executive Vice President of the Lincoln Center Lesley Friedman Rosenthal (right) and Senior Director of Lincoln Center International Keith Lieberthal.

Mrs. Lam delivers a speech at a luncheon hosted by the Asia Society.

Mrs. Lam attends the Hong Kong Association of New York Gala Dinner.

Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam visited New York June 9-10 to update stakeholders on the political and economic landscape of Hong Kong, establish ties with arts and cultural institutions and promote the city’s immigration measures to attract talent.

Mrs. Lam spoke at the Hong Kong Association of New York Gala Dinner on June 9, and highlighted Hong Kong’s strengths, including its rule of law, free market, constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms, and efficient and clean government. She said Hong Kong would work to strengthen its core industries and at the same time develop new sectors, such as innovation and technology as well as creative industries. 

Mrs. Lam added that Hong Kong is investing in its future by developing its infrastructure, enlarging its talent pool and taking measures to conserve and improve the environment. It is also seizing new opportunities under the “Belt and Road” initiative.

The gala dinner featured performances by a jazz quartet, led by Hong Kong guitarists Alan Kwan and Simon Yu, with the debut jazz rendition of the household Cantopop song “Beneath the Lion Rock” alongside the American classic “New York, New York.”

Earlier in the day, Mrs. Lam addressed a luncheon at the Asia Society, where she updated the guests about the thriving cultural scene in Hong Kong and the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD).

While in New York, Mrs. Lam met with the leaders of think tanks, including the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. As the chair of the WKCD Authority, she also visited major music and arts institutions, including the Manhattan School of Music and the Lincoln Center, to explore opportunities for collaboration. Mrs. Lam met with the Chinese Consul General in New York, Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, and the Chinese Permanent Representative to the U.N., Ambassador Liu Jieyi, to express gratitude for their support and assistance to Hong Kongers.

New York was the last leg of the Chief Secretary’s three-city visit to the U.S., after San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Lam (front row, third from right) attended a breakfast meeting hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Photo also shows Mr. Leung (front row, second from left), Mr. Barclay (back row, third from left) and members of the committee.


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