Zhang Xiaoming

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Zhang Xiaoming
张晓明
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Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office
Assumed office
23 September 2017
LeaderZhang DejiangHan Zheng
Preceded byWang Guangya
Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong
In office
18 December 2012 – 22 September 2017
LeaderZhang Dejiang
Preceded byPeng Qinghua
Succeeded byWang Zhimin
Personal details
BornSeptember 1963 (age 55)
Taizhou, Jiangsu
CitizenshipChina
NationalityChinese
Political partyCommunist Party of China
ResidenceHong Kong
Alma materSouthwest University of Political Science & Law
Renmin University of China
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionLaw
Zhang Xiaoming
Traditional Chinese張曉明
Simplified Chinese张晓明

Zhang Xiaoming (born September 1963) is a Chinese politician currently serving as the Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office . From 2012 to 2017, he was the Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong. He is an alternate member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.[1]

Biography[edit]

Zhang was born in Taizhou, Jiangsu in September 1963. He graduated from Southwest University of Political Science & Law and Renmin University of China in 1984, where he majored in law. He studied under Gao Mingxuan (Chinese: 高铭暄), who is a famous jurist in China. Zhang received an LLM from Renmin University of China in 1986.[2]

In 1986, Zhang was assigned to Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office as a secretary for Liao Hui. Since 18 December 2012, Zhang has been serving as director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and spearheads the CCP's efforts against the democratic movement in the former British colony; in a widely reported incident he stated to pro-democratic legislative council member Leung Yiu-chung that "the fact that you are allowed to stay alive already shows the country's inclusiveness".[3]

In September 2015, Zhang stirred controversy in Hong Kong after claiming that the Chief Executive of Hong Kong has a "special legal position which overrides administrative, legislative and judicial organs" and that separation of powers is "not suitable for Hong Kong".[4] Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying subsequently affirmed that his position is "transcendent" of the branches of the state.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "彭王任中委張曉明晉候補委員". Sing Tao Daily (in Chinese). 14 November 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  2. ^ "黃京平" (in Chinese). 中國人民大學. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  3. ^ China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash, James Pomfret, Reuters, 11 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b Cheng, Kris (21 September 2015). "Failure to de-colonise 'caused many problems' for Hong Kong, says former Beijing official". Hong Kong Free Press.
Political offices
Preceded by
Peng Qinghua
Director of Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong
2012-2017
Succeeded by
Wang Zhimin
Preceded by
Wang Guangya
Director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office
2017-present
Incumbent