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Reception and concert in Los Angeles to celebrate HKSAR 20th Anniversary

About 1,000 music-lovers joined “A Musical Journey” concert on June 25, 2017 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco is the presenting sponsor. Prior to the concert, the Office hosted a VIP reception at the Fifth Floor Ballroom, The Music Center.

“Hong Kong is still that shining beacon of free trade, open markets, the rule of law, and judicial independence, with low taxes, a level playing field for local and foreign companies alike, a high degree of transparency, and extremely low level of corruption. We continue to enjoy a strong bilateral relationship with the United States which is our second largest trading partner. Hong Kong in return is the ninth largest export market for American goods and a close law enforcement partner. Many U.S. companies have chosen Hong Kong as a platform for exporting their products and services to the Mainland and throughout the Asian Pacific region,” said Mr. Clement Leung, Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, U.S.A., at the reception.

“With the full support of the Central Government in Beijing, ‘One Country, Two Systems’ enables Hong Kong to be the first-mover to capture the economic opportunities arising from the reform, development and opening up of Mainland China. Other than our pillar economic sectors of trade, financial services, tourism and professional services, new sectors and opportunities have emerged. These include the development of Hong Kong as the largest center for off-shore RMB business, implementation of the Stock Connect programs that enable international investors to access the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets, our vibrant innovation and technology start-up ecosystem, wine auction and distribution, arts, culture and creative industries, as well as China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative,” Mr. Leung continued.

Mr. Leung said that Hong Kong will continue to invest heavily to improve its infrastructure. New metro lines, the 18-mile bridge to Macao and Zhuhai and the West Kowloon Cultural District will come into operation.

Mr. Ivanhoe Chang, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco, welcomed friends of Hong Kong at the reception and concert. He said that since 1997, Hong Kong has grown in importance in international arena and continue to prosper. “Our cosmopolitan community enjoys a wide selection of arts and cultural events from East and West. We are proud to bring Hong Kong talents to join hands with local U.S. arts community to promote art and cultural exchange,” he said.

The evening’s concert highlights Hong Kong’s talent in music. Over 60 members of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society from Hong Kong joined hands with San Francisco Bay Area’s Voices of the Valley for the first time to perform in California. This is the second concert after the successful performance in San Francisco on Friday.

The four-member Chinese Music Ensemble of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society next traveled to Dallas, Texas to give a performance at the Gala Reception hosted by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco the following week. Other film, sports events and business conference are planned in various cities across different western United States to celebrate the HKSAR 20th anniversary.

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