Commissioner Meets New Italian, Spanish, Czech and French CGs

  On 2 October 2018, Commissioner Xie Feng met with Mr. Clemente Contestabile, Mr. Miguel Bauzá-More, Mr. Jan Juchelka and Mr. Alessandro Giorgini, the new Consuls General of Italy, Spain, Czech Republic and France to Hong Kong, and presented them with the Consular Certificate.

  Commissioner Xie briefed the new consuls general on the successful implementation of the "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong, the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the efforts made by the Commissioner's Office to promote the tripartite cooperation mechanism featuring the mainland, Hong Kong and Belt and Road countries. He expressed his belief that the development of the mainland and Hong Kong, in particular the Belt and Road and the Bay Area, will bring more opportunities to other countries, including the four states they represent.

  Commissioner Xie encouraged the consuls general to have a careful read of the important speeches made by President Xi Jinping during his inspection tour to Hong Kong last year, and the paragraphs relating to Hong Kong and Macao in the report to the 19th CPC National Congress. He also expressed hope that the consuls general would observe the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and other international law and norms governing international relations, respect China's sovereignty, security, development interest and territorial integrity, respect the law-based governance by the SAR Government, refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's domestic affairs, and remain focused on promoting their countries' friendly relations with China and the economic, trade and cultural links with Hong Kong, so as to contribute to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.

  The consuls general thanked Commissioner Xie for the briefing. They applauded the achievements by China over the four decades of reform and opening up, and the success of "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong. They gave positive assessment of their countries' relations with China, including with the Hong Kong SAR, and pledged to make an all-out effort to promote economic, cultural and technological exchanges and cooperation between their countries and Hong Kong. They would work to seize the opportunities from the Belt and Road and the Bay Area, and help their countries' companies to be part of the development. They would respect China's territorial integrity, sovereignty, security and development interest, and support "one country, two systems". And they hope to maintain the existing sound cooperative relationship with the Commissioner's Office.

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