CE begins visit programme in Bangkok, Thailand (with photos/videos)


     ​The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, started his visit programme in Bangkok, Thailand, today (November 17) to attend related activities of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).


     Upon arrival, Mr Lee met with the Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr Prayut Chan-o-cha. He expressed gratitude to Thailand for its leadership in resuming physical meetings in APEC at all levels this year. Noting that Hong Kong has been actively seeking to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and had formally lodged the accession request this January, Mr Lee appealed for Thailand’s support. He pointed out that Hong Kong can make contributions to achieving mutual benefits among RCEP economies through Hong Kong’s free and open trade as well as its status as an international financial centre.


     Mr Lee added that Hong Kong is now back on the global stage and he looked forward to many more high-level official exchanges between Hong Kong and Thailand to reinforce bilateral trade, investment and cultural ties.


     Later at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Mr Lee welcomed President Xi Jinping, who arrived to attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and visit Thailand. He also met the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Thailand, Mr Han Zhiqiang, and chatted with representatives of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.


     In the evening, Mr Lee, accompanied by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Algernon Yau, attended a Gala Dinner hosted by the organiser for participating leaders, and watched cultural performances.


     Mr Lee will attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and other related meetings tomorrow (November 18).