Hong Kong Security Council appoints Sonny Au as secretary-general of committee for Safeguarding National Security

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Hong Kong Security Council appoints Sonny Au as secretary-general of committee for Safeguarding National Security

This picture shows the Secretary General of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative RegionSafeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Sonny Au Chi-kwong. PHOTO HKSAR GOVERNMENT BEIJING The State Council has appoint Sonny Au Chi-kwong as secretary-general of the Committee for the Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, replacing Chan Kwok-ki.

The decision was made on August 4 in accordance with the stipulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR, and upon the nomination and suggestion of HKSAR Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiuLee Ka-chiu.

He said that Au had been under secretary for security for the past five years. He is well versed in national security and has a strong sense of national security. He has the ability to take up the post of secretary general to lead the committee in order to fulfill its crucial responsibility to safeguard national security. The National Security Law for Hong Kong states that the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the HKSARSafeguarding National Security of the HKSAR chaired by the chief executive will be established and will assume primary responsibility for safeguarding national security. The committee will be under the supervision of the central people's government. The committee is headed by a secretariat that is headed by the secretary general.

Au, 60, was under secretary for security between 2017 and 2022. In 1980 he joined the Hong Kong Police Force as a police constable and was appointed an inspector in 1986. He was promoted to chief superintendent in 2007 and assistant commissioner of police in 2011 and senior assistant commissioner of police in 2015. He has held a variety of positions including director of personnel and training, director of crime and security.