- Title: New Hong Kong Chief Executive meets Singapore leaders
- Date: 3rd August 2017
- Summary: SINGAPORE (AUGUST 3, 2017) (AGENCY POOL) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** HONG KONG'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM SHAKING HANDS WITH SINGAPORE'S PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG / LEE SHAKING HANDS WITH OTHER HONG KONG OFFICIALS LAM AND LEE SEATED AND TALKING CLOSE OF LAM CLOSE OF LEE MEETING IN PROGRESS CAMERAMEN VARIOUS OF SINGAPORE FLAGS FLYING VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF ISTANA (RESIDENCE AND OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF SINGAPORE) VARIOUS OF CAMERAMEN HONG KONG'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM WALKING WITH FORMER SINGAPORE PRIME MINISTER, SENIOR MINISTER GOH CHOK TONG / LAM AND GOH SHAKING HANDS LAM AND GOH WALKING INSIDE MEETING ROOM VARIOUS OF LAM AND GOH SEATED CLOSE OF LAM CLOSE OF GOH OFFICIALS SEATED
- Embargoed: 17th August 2017 14:33
- Keywords: Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong former Singapore Prime Minister senior minister Goh Chok Tong
- Location: SINGAPORE
- City: SINGAPORE
- Country: Singapore
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SLS75X
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, on her first foreign trip since taking office, met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on Thursday (August 3).
Lam who arrived in Singapore on Wednesday (August 2) also met with former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tok before leaving for Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday.
Lam said on Wednesday (August 2) she was hopeful a free-trade agreement between Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) could be signed before the end of the year.
Talks with ASEAN have been underway for years and negotiations were expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Following the handover by Britain in 1997, Hong Kong has been seeking free-trade agreements with trading partners in the region and beyond but the progress has been slow. The city has agreements only with mainland China, New Zealand, Chile, and members of the European Free Trade Association.
Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and enjoys wide-ranging freedoms not granted in mainland China and an independent judiciary under a so-called "one country, two systems" arrangement.
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