- Title: New Hong Kong leader visits Singapore, hopeful of trade agreement with ASEAN
- Date: 2nd August 2017
- Summary: SINGAPORE (AUGUST 2, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CARRIE LAM, ARRIVING AT ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM / SHAKING HANDS WITH MUSEUM OFFICIALS LAM WALKING WITH MUSEUM DIRECTOR VARIOUS OF LAM VISITING MUSEUM EXHIBITION VARIOUS OF LAM AT THE OPENING OF EXHIBITION FOR LATE HONG KONG PHOTOGRAPHER, LEE FOOK CHEE VARIOUS OF LAM MAKING A SPEECH AT EVENT LAM ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "To thank Singaporean leaders in anticipation of the successful conclusion of the free trade agreement between Hong Kong and ASEAN. There's now very possible that this agreement will be concluded before the end of this year and it will bring mutual benefits to all the businesses and professionals in the 10 ASEAN member nations as well as Hong Kong." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "My government will continue to explain to people of Hong Kong, to the concerned groups and the academics about the legal basis of doing this co-location arrangement at the West Kowloon terminus of the high speed rail. I just don't see any alternative to doing this co-location in order to reap the huge economic and social benefits arising from our 26 kilometres of the Hong Kong section of the high speed rail, connecting to this massive high speed train network in the mainland." VARIOUS OF LAM DURING NEWS CONFERENCE LAM LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE SINGAPORE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT SINGAPORE FLAG
- Embargoed: 16th August 2017 14:17
- Keywords: ASEAN Singapore Kowloon China Carrie Lam in Singapore free trade agreement Carrie Lam visits Singapore ASEAN free trade agreement Hong Kong
- Location: SINGAPORE
- City: SINGAPORE
- Country: Singapore
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SGRSCL
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- Story Text:Hong Kong's Chief Executive arrived in Singapore on Wednesday (August 2), in her first foreign trip since taking office.
Carrie Lam said she was hopeful a Honk Kong-ASEAN free trade agreement would be signed by the end of the year.
Lam also defended a controversial plan to allow mainland officials to enforce Chinese laws inside a Hong Kong train station. Critics say the move will reduce the city's autonomy and endanger existing freedoms.
Hong Kong's Basic Law mini-constitution states that with a few exceptions Chinese national laws are not applicable in the city.
But the government says about a quarter of the planned train station for high-speed trains linking Hong Kong to the mainland will fall under mainland Chinese jurisdiction.
These areas include two immigration halls at the West Kowloon station where Chinese officials will clear passengers' departure to and arrival from China, platform areas and even inside the train before it leaves Hong Kong.
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