Donald Tsang

Mayor rejects marriage proposal

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 February, 2005, 12:00am

The mayor of China's most populous city yesterday said he would not support deliberate efforts to promote cross-border marriages to raise Hong Kong's birth rate.

Love, not policies, should determine marriages, said Wang Hongju , head of Chongqing municipality .

He was responding to questions on whether he would back comments by Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen that Hong Kong should consider ways to attract 'young, single men' to the city. Hong Kong has a low fertility rate and there will be just 70 men for every 100 women by 2031. Mr Tsang said Hong Kong was considering measures, including tax incentives, to encourage couples to have three children.

'Things like love cannot be arranged by deliberate efforts,' Mr Wang said. 'I will not consciously promote this process - although I would be happy to see [cross-border] marriages.'