Britain remains committed to Hong Kong’s well-being and will strengthen its relationship with the former colony as well as mainland China, said Caroline Wilson, British Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao.
“Nearly 20 years after the handover, I can assure you that Britain is clear on its lasting commitments to Hong Kong. We will pursue these while strengthening the relationships with the special administrative region and the People’s Republic of China,” Wilson said in a Lunar New Year message.
“2016 is the Year of the Monkey. The monkey is ingenious, sharp and clever. That’s good. We certainly need to have our wits around this year in Hong Kong,” she said in a video greeting.
“It’s a year that should not be about monkey business but about an intelligent approach to the business of the day.”
In the video, the British envoy was dressed in a traditional Cantonese Opera costume and wore make-up to portray a Monkey King.
Wilson noted that this year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of British playwright William Shakespeare as well as Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu (湯顯祖), both of whom inspired and educated a lot of people.
She said she is happy to wear a costume of Cantonese Opera, which was named as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the United Nations in 2009.
Wilson, who is serving her fourth year as British consul general in Hong Kong, released her Chinese New year greetings in both English and Cantonese languages.
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