State leaders promise more support during Beijing showcase

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 June, 2007, 12:00am

State leaders were out in force yesterday at an exhibition to showcase Hong Kong's successful return to China, and sent the city reassurances of Beijing's continuing support.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen led a guided tour at the Capital Museum for Vice-President Zeng Qinghong , State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan , the director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Liao Hui , and the head of the United Front Work Department, Liu Yandong .

Mr Zeng said: 'The country supports the fruits of Hong Kong compatriots' hard work. Hong Kong's development is very important to the country's development.'

The exhibition hall is divided into eight main areas of achievement. Mr Tsang showed the party photos and models of Hong Kong's Olympic venues, the future cruise terminal and the Shenzhen Bay bridge.

Among other issues, Mr Zeng and Mr Tsang discussed Hong Kong's industrial past, 10th anniversary of the handover and whether the plastic 10 dollar note is washable.

'Hong Kong supported the country when it first opened up,' Mr Zeng said. 'And the country supports Hong Kong. I look forward to ... the next 10 years.'

Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai, the deputy secretary-general of the NPC Standing Committee, Qiao Xiaoyang, and Olympic chief Liu Qi also attended.

President Hu Jintao , Premier Wen Jiabao , National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Chairman Jia Qinglin visited the exhibition later in the evening.

Mr Liao said he believed Hong Kong had a 'brighter future', while Mr Bo said that after 10 years of close co-operation on trade the city could now complement the mainland in service industries.

'Under [the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement] the mainland's service industry continues to open to the market, where Hong Kong's talents can demonstrate their edge,' he said.

Hong Kong will sign supplementary Cepa deals in the next few days.

The free exhibition is open to the public until July 17.