S. Korea hopes for Hong Kong’s continued stability after election

SEOUL-- South Korea expressed hope Tuesday for the continued stability and development of Hong Kong in response to the election of the city's new leader earlier this week.

John Lee, Hong Kong's former security chief, was chosen Sunday to succeed Carrie Lam as the city's next chief executive.

The government hopes Hong Kong, which is an "important" region with close people-to-peple and economic ties with South Korea, will "maintain stability and development in the future as it has done so far, with basic rights and freedom guaranteed," while actually enjoying a high degree of autonomy under "one country, two systems" in accordance with international accords and domestic law, Choi Young-sam, spokesman for Seoul's foreign ministry, said during a press briefing.

Source: Yonhap News Agency