BEIJING (Reuters) – China's highest representative in Macau died late Saturday night after falling out of the building where he lived, the Chinese government said Sunday
Zheng Xiaosong, head of the Macao Chinese Liaison Office The Government of Hong Kong and Macao of the State Council of the Chinese Government said in a statement that the representatives of the government of Beijing visited Macau to express their condolences. The statement did not elaborate on the circumstances of his death.
The Liaison Office in Macao serves as a bridge between the local government and Beijing and has gained increasing influence in local affairs.
Like neighboring Hong Kong, Macau operates under China's "One Land, Two Systems" policy and is governed by a director-general who is elected by an election but must receive approval from Beijing to officially take office.
Macao Chief Executive Fernando Chui said in a statement that he was "shocked" by Zheng's death and expressed his condolences. Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam also made a statement expressing "deep sadness" for Zheng's death.
A statement released on Friday at the Macao Liaison Office website showed that Zheng met the head of a think tank the day before his death. During the meeting, he emphasized the importance of supporting local government and one-country policies to support two systems to ensure Macao's further development
(report by Se Young Lee and Min Zhang, editorial: Christian Schmollinger )