BEIJING (Reuters) – China has changed the head of its office overseeing issues in Hong Kong, making him probably the most senior Beijing-appointed official to lose his job within the wake of sometimes-violent anti-government protests within the Chinese-controlled territory.
China’s Human Resources Ministry introduced on Thursday that Zhang Xiaoming could be eliminated as director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO), to get replaced by Xia Baolong, a 67-year-old vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Hong Kong has been roiled by greater than seven months of protests over an extradition invoice that might have allowed suspects to be despatched to mainland China for trial.
Zhang’s elimination follows Beijing’s transfer in January to exchange the head of its Hong Kong liaison office.
Xia was Chinese President Xi Jinping’s deputy when Xi was Communist Party secretary of Zhejiang province from 2003 to 2007. He turned recognized for a hard-line strategy in 2015 for a marketing campaign to tear down underground church buildings there.
The authorities additionally mentioned on Thursday that it had appointed as deputy administrators of the HKMAO Luo Huining, who turned the brand new liaison office head in January, and Fu Ziying, the director of the Macau liaison office.
Reporting by Tony Munroe in Beijing; Editing by Clarence Fernandez