The new director of Beijing's liaison office, Luo Huining, said on Monday that even though the SAR's situation over the past six months has been worrying, he's confident that things will return to normal under the leadership of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
Speaking to reporters on his first day in office, the former chief of Shanxi province said even though he has worked on the mainland for years, Hong Kong is no stranger to him.
Luo also praised Hong Kong's contribution to China and said the city plays a significant role in the country’s development.
The official said he will try his best to fulfil his duties, and he's confident that the Carrie Lam administration will fully and correctly implement "One Country, Two Systems" in accordance with the country's constitution and the Basic Law, and maintain the city's stability and prosperity.
While the 65-year-old did not take any questions, he urged Hong Kong reporters to support the work of the liaison office, adding that he will arrange another meeting with journalists soon.
Luo also told the media that he noticed they had waited outside the liaison office in the windy conditions so he had invited them inside to be more comfortable. He also complimented them on their professionalism.
Luo replaces Wang Zhimin as liaison office chief as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades.