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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

Slope safety a priority

Secretary for Development Bernadette Linn said today that the Government’s primary focus is to stabilise the slope at Redhill Peninsula in Tai Tam to ensure public safety before proceeding with the necessary enforcement action against any relevant breaches.   Ms Linn told a press conference this afternoon that the relevant departments have inspected the slope where the landslide happened and found it affected three houses sitting on that slope.   She noted that among the three houses, one was in imminent danger and the residents had to be evacuated.   “As a follow-up action, the relevant department responsible for maintaining that government slope will do emergency works, first of all, to stabilise the slope."   On whether the house involved unauthorised building structures or unlawful occupation of government land, the development chief said initial evidence showed that there was some breach of the leases and unlawful occupation.   “But our primary focus at the present moment is to stabilise the slope to ensure public safety. Once that is done, we will proceed with the necessary enforcement (action) against the relevant breaches,” she added.

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