China released on Sunday a list of Hong Kong government employees who will serve in the new administration of incoming leader John Lee, who will be sworn in on July 1, the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain.
Finance Secretary Paul Chan keeps his job, but Paul Lam takes over as justice secretary from Teresa Cheng, and Eric Chan takes over as chief secretary, or No. 2 official, according to lists from the official Xinhua news agency and the Hong Kong government.
Some Hong Kong media have said President Xi Jinping is expected to attend Lee’s swearing-in ceremony in Hong Kong, but it was not confirmed whether any senior mainland leaders would attend.
A British colony until 1997, Hong Kong is on high alert as COVID-19 infections have risen to more than 1,000 recently, although there is no sign yet of tighter curbs ahead of the swearing-in.
Its measures still rank among the toughest, with at least a week’s hotel quarantine for overseas visitors and mandatory daily testing for tens of thousands of people.