Kurt W. Tong arrived in Hong Kong on August 27, 2016, to begin his assignment as the U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau. In the coming weeks, Consul General Tong looks forward to introducing himself to the people of Hong Kong and Macau, including key government, legislative, judicial, business, media, education, cultural and community leaders, and to exchanging views on the issues and events shaping both Special Administrative Regions. He released the following arrival statement:
“I’ve spent most of my career in Asia and am honored to be back in the region to serve as the United States Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau. Hong Kong is not only a dynamic world city and financial hub, but it, along with Macau, is home to unique traditions and culture that I hope to explore during my time here. I also look forward to working with governments of both Special Administrative Regions to promote our many common interests and to build on the longstanding friendship between the people of the United States and the peoples of Hong Kong and Macau.
Hong Kong’s well-established tradition of respect for the rule of law, its internationally recognized fundamental freedoms, and its high degree of autonomy under the “one country two systems”framework have been key to Hong Kong’s success and prosperity. These values remain crucial to Hong Kong’s long-standing success and reputation as an open society and leading center of global commerce. I am honored to have the opportunity to help expand U.S.-Hong Kong cooperation in many areas of mutual benefit.
Macau is a place with a fascinating history and opportunities for economic development. U.S. companies have played a key role in Macau’s economic growth, and I look forward to continuing to work with the government and people of Macau as it seeks to diversify its economy. I also look forward to promoting cultural and educational exchanges with the people of Macau and Hong Kong to help deepen the understanding between our peoples.”