New US Consul General in HK Assumes Duties

2010-03-15 16:23:01   Xinhua
New U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong Stephen M. Young said he continued to marvel at the development of Hong Kong as a dynamic business and financial center, after he took office Friday.

Young said he is honored to assume his responsibilities as Consul General of the United States of America in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and as the United States' representative to the Macao Special Administrative Region.

With the first opportunity to live in Hong Kong after his arrival Thursday, Young continued to "marvel at the unceasing pace of change in this dynamic business and financial center" where he has been visiting regularly in the past three decades.

Hong Kong's economic success positions it in the forefront of a dynamic, modern China, Young said, adding that Macao has also entered an exciting new era with growing prosperity and new and stronger ties with the international community in a range of fields.

Young said he is looking forward to "building on our close economic cooperation", strengthening global health and security together, bringing new opportunities to traditional areas of exchange like culture and education, and further promoting the friendly relations between the United States and Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions.

Young joined the State Department in 1980. Most recently, he was a member of the faculty at National Defense University's Industrial College of the Armed Forces, located at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

Within the State Department, he was the Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs. Young speaks fluent Chinese and Russian.