Xia raises expectations for new chapters of 'one country, two systems' in Macao SAR
Xia Baolong, director of the State Council's Office for Hong Kong and Macao Affairs on Tuesday started a four-day inspection tour of the Macao Special Administrative Region.
He raised expectations during his visit for the city to create new chapters in upholding the "one country, two systems" principle with Macao characteristics and contributing more to the country's rejuvenation.
During a meeting with Ho Iat-seng, the chief executive of Macao, and other important members of the city's executive, legislative, and judicial authorities, Xia made the comments.
Xia also conveyed President Xi Jinping's care for the Macao compatriots and praised Ho's administration for its work in the past three years, saying that he hopes the Macao SAR government will unite and lead all sectors of society to achieve better development on a new journey of a new era.
To achieve such a goal, Xia emphasized the importance for the city government to double its efforts in implementing the "one country, two systems" principle, safeguarding national security, uniting patriotic forces, and diversifying economic development in the SAR.
Xia also highlighted the significance of the Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone in Hengqin, Zhuhai. He toured the fledgling special zone's youth entrepreneurship parks, new residential area projects, and innovation parks and met with local executive committee members. Xia also learned about the progress of infrastructure construction of the region's ports and bridges and cross-border traditional Chinese medicine cooperation.
In response, Ho said that the Macao SAR government will actively respond to and implement the policy and lead all sectors of the community to work together to achieve greater and better development of the SAR and to live up to the care and high expectations of the Central Government and President Xi
He stressed that the Macao SAR government will firmly implement the six expectations put forward by Director Xia Baolong, demonstrating greater efforts in: first, fully and accurately implementing the "one country, two systems" principle; second, safeguarding national security; third, to demonstrate greater efforts in strengthening the building of patriotic forces; fourth, promoting the moderately diversified development of the Macao economy; fifth, doing a good job in the development of Hengqin; and sixth, enhancing the overall capacity and level of governance.