Donald Tsang

Tsang pledges more briefings with officials in Guangdong

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 November, 2007, 12:00am

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen pledged to meet Guangdong officials after his yearly duty visits to Beijing, signalling closer cross-border co-operation.

He said he would like to brief Guangdong officials regularly about Hong Kong's plans.

After a three-day visit to Beijing, Mr Tsang arrived in Guangzhou yesterday to meet provincial party secretary Zhang Dejiang and governor Huang Huahua .

During the meeting, Mr Zhang said co-operation between Hong Kong and Guangdong, in areas ranging from trade and tourism to finance, had improved under Mr Tsang's leadership.

'If Guangdong does well, Hong Kong will do well, too. If Hong Kong does well, so will Guangdong,' Mr Zhang said.

Mr Tsang said incomes had risen in Guangdong and more of its young people were going to university under Mr Zhang's leadership. He said he had been keen to pay tribute to Mr Zhang before a possible leadership reshuffle.

Mr Tsang noted that both governments had been working on reducing pollution. The opening of the Futian port had improved cross-border flows, as would construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the new high-speed railway between Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Mr Tsang's Beijing trip last week was his first duty visit to the capital since being re-elected as chief executive this year. He returned to Hong Kong yesterday.

He briefed President Hu Jintao , Premier Wen Jiabao and other senior leaders on developments in Hong Kong, including the results of the district council elections last Sunday.

He invited Xi Jinping , the new head of the Communist Party's leading group on Hong Kong and Macau's affairs, to visit Hong Kong.

The chief executive also met People's Bank of China deputy governor Wu Xiaoling to discuss the proposed 'through-train' plan to allow individual mainland investors to buy Hong Kong shares.