United States Consul-General to Hong Kong, Stephen Young, said the US is committed to supporting Hong Kong’s unique way of life, under its one-country-two systems policy.
But, at the same time, the highlighted US commitment to advancing democracy and human rights in the region.
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive is voted in by an almost 1,200-strong election committee dominated by Beijing loyalists and the general public does not have the right to vote for their next leader.
But the US Consul General in Hong Kong welcomed wide public engagement seen in the March election.
Mr Young said: “I believe that dialogue was at play in the close interest displayed by the public in the policies and personalities of the candidates in this spring’s chief executive campaign. We congratulate Mr Leung Chun-ying in his selection as Hong Kong’s next chief executive, and look forward to watching this dialogue further expand during his term, in anticipation of full universal suffrage in the chief executive election in 2017, and for the legislative council in 2020 in accordance with the basic law and the aspirations of the Hong Kong people.”