Sonny Au Chi-kwong appointed secretary-general of Committee for Safeguarding National Security

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Sonny Au Chi-kwong appointed 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-kwongAu Chi-kwong. PHOTO HKSAR GOVERNMENT BEIJING The State Council has decided to appoint Sonny Au Chi-kwongAu Chi-kwong as 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, replacing Chan Kwok-ki.

The decision was made on August 4th 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.

Lee said that Au has 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 is capable of taking up the position of secretary general to lead the committee in order to fulfill its crucial responsibility to safeguard national security. In the National Security Law for Hong Kong, the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the HKSARSafeguarding National Security of the HKSAR chaired by the chief executive is mandated by the national security law to be established and assume primary responsibility for safeguarding national security. The committee will be under the supervision of the central people's government. The secretary general is to run the secretariat that is set up under the committee.

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 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.