Incoming Hong Kong leader John Lee working on plan to reopen mainland border

John Lee concedes scrapping curbs may take time to achieve but says his administration can set interim goals towards that end.

Incoming leader John Lee Ka-chiu is working on a strategy to reopen Hong Kong’s borders with mainland China and the rest of the world, including a possible reduction of mandatory quarantine for travellers, and also plans to attend the Apec leaders’ summit in Bangkok in November as part of a more aggressive drive to promote his home city.

Lee, who has been sanctioned by Washington since 2020 over his role in the implementation of Hong Kong’s national security law, said one of his goals was to personally travel to the next meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, of which the city has been a member since 1991.