HK Commerce and Economic Development Secretary replaced

2008-07-12 05:45:00 GMT       2008-07-12 13:45:00 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- China's State Council, or the cabinet, on Saturday appointed Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government.

The decision to appoint Lau to replace Frederick Ma Si-hang was made based on related stipulations of the HKSAR Basic Law and a proposal by Donald Tsang, chief executive of HKSAR government, said a statement of the State Council.

Before his promotion, Lau was Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development.

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