Lawmaker-elect Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has said that she did in fact visit the China Liaison Office on Monday, contradicting previous claims that she was not in a vehicle seen entering Liaison Office premises.

The New People’s Party chair voluntarily contacted Ming Pao newspaper on Friday afternoon to say that she visited the China Liaison Office to visit a friend on invitation. The China Liaison Office is an organ of the Beijing government in Hong Kong.

Regina Ip’s vehicle. Photo: Ming Pao screenshot.

Earlier this week, a car with a number plate attributed to Ip was photographed by Ming Pao. It entered the Liaison Office premises in Sai Wan and stayed for around 50 minutes. Ip previously denied that she was in the car.

On Friday, Ip said that she gave books she published to officials at the office, as she claimed earlier this week.

She added that she “always speaks the truth” and “expresses regret” for misleading the reporter. She told the newspaper that she felt it was necessary to apologise.

Regina Ip. File

Ip said that when she was invited to the Liaison Office, the office told her that there were urgent matters to be discussed, according to Commercial Radio. She added that she cannot disclose what was discussed, nor with whom.

Stanley Leung

Stanley is a Media and Communications graduate from Goldsmiths College in London. He takes particular interest in visual journalism, having produced photographic and video work on a number of social and political issues. He has also interned at the current affairs service of RTHK’s TV division.