China’s top representative to Macau died late on Saturday after falling from the building where he lived, Reuters reports, citing a statement from the Chinese government.
Zheng Xiaosong, the head of China’s liaison office to Macau, had been suffering from depression, the Hong Kong and Macau Office of the Chinese government’s State Council said in the statement, adding representatives of the Beijing government visited Macau to offer condolences. The statement did not elaborate further on the circumstances of his death.
Zheng, 59, was appointed to the Macau post in September 2017 and is a member of the ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee, the largest of China’s elite ruling bodies. He was previously the vice governor of the southeastern coastal province of Fujian.
Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai-on said in a statement that he was “shocked” about Zheng’s death and expressed condolences. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor also issued a statement expressing “deep sorrow” for Zheng’s death.
A statement published on Friday on the Macau liaison’s office website showed that Zheng met with the head of a think tank the day before his death.
During the meeting he emphasized the importance of supporting the local government and the “one country, two systems” policy to ensure Macau’s continued development, the statement said.
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