October policy crunch for Lee

Chief Executive John Lee Ka Chiu will deliver his first policy address in the Legislative Council on October 19.

According to the latest meeting schedule, Legco president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen has reserved October 19 for Lee to deliver his first policy address.

The question and answer session will be held the next day, and the motion debate on the policy address will be conducted over a period of three consecutive days, from November 16 to 18.

A total of 10 meetings will be held in Legco between October and December, while the last meeting this year will be on December 14, according to the schedule.

Lee said this week that the policy address consultation would be launched soon, adding that he would summarize different views in his policy goals to achieve President Xi Jinping's "four musts" mentioned in his July 1 speech and to promote youth policies.

Lee's statement comes after an online forum on "the important spirit of President Xi's July 1 speech" was held by the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies on Monday.

The director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, said at the forum that the "four hopes" Xi introduced in his speech have provided direct guidelines to the SAR government, through which he urged the new government to solve people's livelihood issues efficiently.

In response to Xia, Lee said that Xi's speech will become the framework for SAR policies over the coming five years.

As for his own policy moves, Lee said he has been introducing policies such as reorganizing the government structure and setting up four working groups to tackle key problems in Hong Kong.