China on Monday officially appointed Donald Tsang as Hong Kong's chief executive for a second term, following last month's election that saw the territory's first leadership contest under Chinese rule.
Tsang received the formal "book of appointment" at a ceremony held at the Zhongnanhai compound for China's leaders in Beijing, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
At the appointment ceremony, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao expressed his approval of Tsang's policies that focus "on improving people's living standards, pursuing social harmony and promoting democracy," Xinhua said.
The former British colony that was returned to China in 1997 exists as a largely autonomous capitalist territory within the authoritarian Chinese state under a "one country, two systems" arrangement.
Hong Kong's leaders are elected by a committee of 800 elites who are mostly loyal to China's communist rulers in Beijing.
Tsang won the most recent vote in March, easily beating lawmaker Alan Leong in the first contested leadership race since 1997.
In comments released last week, Wen endorsed the democratic credentials of the March ballot.
"The election, conforming to the principle of openness, fairness and justice, fully tallied with the Basic Law and other relevant laws," Wen said.
"Tsang's victory in the election meets the Hong Kong people's expectations and reflects their trust in him."
Tsang was first appointed chief executive in 2005 when he took over the truncated second term of the wealthy southern Chinese territory's first post-colonial leader Tung Chee-hwa, who resigned early due to poor health.
Tsang's inauguration effectively kicked off the run up to the city's 10th anniversary celebrations of its return to Chinese rule on July 1.
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