Zhang Xiaoming (born September 1963) is a Chinese politician currently serving as the Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. From 2012 to 2017, he was the Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong. He is an alternate member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
|Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office|
|Assumed office |
23 September 2017
|Leader||Zhang Dejiang → Han Zheng|
|Preceded by||Wang Guangya|
|Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong|
18 December 2012 – 22 September 2017
|Preceded by||Peng Qinghua|
|Succeeded by||Wang Zhimin|
|Born||September 1963 (age 55)|
|Political party||Communist Party of China|
|Alma mater||Southwest University of Political Science & Law|
Renmin University of China
Zhang was born in Taizhou, Jiangsu in September 1963. He graduated from Southwest University of Political Science & Law and Renmin University of China in 1984, where he majored in law. He studied under Gao Mingxuan (Chinese: 高铭暄), who is a famous jurist in China. Zhang received an LLM from Renmin University of China in 1986.
In 1986, Zhang was assigned to Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office as a secretary for Liao Hui. Since 18 December 2012, Zhang has been serving as director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and spearheads the CCP's efforts against the democratic movement in the former British colony; in a widely reported incident he stated to pro-democratic legislative council member Leung Yiu-chung that "the fact that you are allowed to stay alive already shows the country's inclusiveness".
In September 2015, Zhang stirred controversy in Hong Kong after claiming that the Chief Executive of Hong Kong has a "special legal position which overrides administrative, legislative and judicial organs" and that separation of powers is "not suitable for Hong Kong". Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying subsequently affirmed that his position is "transcendent" of the branches of the state.
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- "黃京平" (in Chinese). 中國人民大學. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash, James Pomfret, Reuters, 11 September 2014.
- Cheng, Kris (21 September 2015). "Failure to de-colonise 'caused many problems' for Hong Kong, says former Beijing official". Hong Kong Free Press.
| Director of Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong
| Director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office