Lee, John Kachiu

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May 28, 2022

John Lee Kachiu (Eng. John Lee Ka-chiu, Yer. 李家超, Cant.-Russian. Lei Kachiu; born December 7, 1957, British Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong statesman, the elected head of the administration of Hong Kong. In the past, he has held major security and police positions. Until April 2022, he held the position of Chief Secretary of the Administration of Hong Kong, the second most important after the head of administration.

Career

Li attended Wu Yan Catholic College from 1970-77. Classmates remembered him as a diligent student who "thought how he could help Goknong and his country" (at that time - Great Britain). At the age of 20, in 1977, Li Kachiu joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a probation officer. Subsequently, he held many operational positions in various investigative departments, while earning a master's degree in public policy and administration from Charles Sturt University in Australia. He also studied at the Royal Defense School in London. In 2012, under Liang Zhenying, John Lee became junior security secretary. In this position, he dealt with many public issues, while he was criticized for his controversial methods of responding to them. For example, in June 2014, during protests against the state “Development Plan” in the northeast of the New Territories, police officers were accused of disguising themselves as protesters and inciting them to illegal actions, including storming the Legislative Council. John Lee initially denied these allegations, and then admitted that plainclothes police did go to the rallies, but they "did not win back the protesters." In July 2017, under the Carrie Lam administration, John Lee was promoted to Security Secretary. In 2019, John was one of the main supporters of the Extradition Bill, which sparked massive protests. Also in July 2020, he became one of the ten members of the National Security Committee in Hong Kong. In December 2020, John Lee supported the freezing of the bank accounts of opposition lawmaker Ted Huey, who represented the interests of the protesters. He also threatened to block other accounts, including those belonging to the politician's relatives, if they "deem