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Lianhe Zaobao: China’s Hong Kong Liaison Office Gets Massive Reorganization

Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao recently reported that news is breaking on an up-coming major reorganization of The Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (LOCPG). The LOCPG was established in 2000 as the replacement of the Xinhua News Agency (HK office). It was widely recognized as the unofficial representative of the Mainland government in Hong Kong. Anonymous insiders said this new reorganization does not intend to reduce the headcount. Instead, the plan is to overhaul the “ways of doing things” completely. The future LOCPG will no longer “just do PR work and cut the ribbons for grand openings.” Instead, more resources will be devoted to Hong Kong’s day-to-day operations like how to improve the local economy. The large-scale reorganization is expected to replace half of the current 480 LOCPG staff with new people, most of whom “barely understand the local dialect (Cantonese).”

Source: Lianhe Zaobao, January 28, 2021