Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Raymond Tam, at a media session after attending the sixth joint meeting of the Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Cooperation and Promotion Council and the Taiwan-Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council this morning (September 17):
Reporter: What is your interpretation of (the Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) Mr Zhang (Xiaoming)'s controversial comment about the separation of powers for the Chief Executive?
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs: I think the most important point is for each of us to go back to the Basic Law and look at the explicit provisions in the Basic Law, including the constitutional status, constitutional roles and powers of the Chief Executive as well as the executive authorities, the legislature and the judiciary. I am sure that if anyone would resort to the explicit provisions of the Basic Law, (they will find that) the question of constitutional status and powers is actually very clearly stipulated in the Basic Law.
(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)
Ends/Thursday, September 17, 2015
Issued at HKT 15:22