China’s top Macau liaison official dead after fall from building

Zheng Xiaosong, secretary of the Fujian Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), speaks during a meeting in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China April 23, 2016. Picture taken April 23, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top representative to Macau died late on Saturday after falling from the building where he lived, the Chinese government said on Sunday.

Zheng Xiaosong, the head of China’s liaison office to Macau, had been suffering from depression, the Hong Kong and Macau Office of the Chinese government’s State Council said in a statement. The statement did not elaborate further on the circumstances of his death.

Zheng, 59, was appointed to the Macau post in September 2017 and is a member of the ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee, the largest of China’s elite ruling bodies.

Like neighbouring Hong Kong, Macau operates under China’s “one country, two systems” policy and is ruled by a chief executive, who is chosen via an election but must get approval from Beijing to formally take office.

The liaison office in Macau serves as a bridge between the local government and Beijing and has become increasingly influential in local affairs.

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