Incoming Hong Kong leader unveils team, while Beijing lays out key expectations

John Lee pledges to win people’s trust and make policies that meet demands as State Council approves his governing team.

Beijing on Sunday announced the appointment of Hong Kong’s principal officials to incoming leader John Lee Ka-chiu’s cabinet, hailing it as a “diversified team” while also laying down its expectations for the new administration to unite society and make “greater achievements”.

Lee followed the State Council’s announcement by presenting to the public his 26-member team, including seven incumbent political appointees, two undersecretaries, six serving or retired civil servants and four lawmakers. Chief Executive’s Office director Eric Chan Kwok-ki will take up the role of No 2 official as the chief secretary.

“This team is united and loyal,” Lee said at a press conference to introduce his core leaders to help him start a “new chapter” for Hong Kong. “We share the same ideal of governance, and will be result-oriented with an emphasis on team spirit and execution.”