Carrie Lam Cheng Yuen-ngor remained silent on Thursday about whether she has had ambitions to run for chief executive, but stressed that she won’t be involved in social activism after she retires as chief secretary next year. Speaking to the Hong Kong media while on a visit to Sichuan, Lam said she will not follow in the footsteps of the first female chief secretary, Anson Chan, who is now the convener of the pro-democracy political advocacy group Hong Kong 2020. Lam said she “definitely will not” stand at the forefront of social activism.

Carrie Lam in Sichuan. Photo: Gov HK.

Lam said that she was satisfied with the government’s work on welfare. She said at the event: “We have completed the demands made on us by the Chief Executive [Leung Chun-ying], and like I have mentioned, it even exceeds the promises he made during his campaign.”

She also urged pan-democratic lawmakers to grasp the chance to speak with Zhang Dejiang, the Beijing official in charge of Hong Kong affairs. “There is [a chance] to talk directly, it’s a very good chance,” said Lam.

A top official’s visit

Ten lawmakers, including four pro-democracy legislators, were invited to a cocktail party with Zhang next Wednesday. The four pro-democracy lawmakers include the Democratic Party’s Emily Lau, the Labour Party’s Cyd Ho, Health Services representative Joseph Lee Kok-long, and the Civic Party leader Alan Leong.

From left to right, top to bottom: Cyd Ho, Emily Lau, Zhang Dejiang, Alan Leong, and Joseph Lee Kok-long. Photo: Wikicommons, Stand News.

Ho initially said that she declined the invitation but has since said that she will reconsider. Leong said that he needed to discuss the matter with his party before making a decision. Meanwhile, Lau and Lee have accepted the invitation.

Zhang Dejiang is visiting Hong Kong from next Tuesday to Thursday at the invitation of the chief executive in order to attend a summit on the One Belt One Road Initiative.

The One Belt One Road initiative is the Chinese government’s plan to connect the country with the rest of Asia, Africa and Europe via land and sea.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.