Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa held talks in Beijing with mainland officials yesterday about how Hong Kong and Guangdong could complement each other on infrastructure projects. The chairman of the State Development and Planning Commission, Zeng Peiyan, said they were keen to explore ways of maximising the strengths of both sides on such projects. 'Co-ordinating the large-scale infrastructural projects on both sides will help boost competitiveness across the whole region.' As Beijing agreed with this direction, discussions had been progressing smoothly, he said. Guangdong Governor Lu Ruihua also met Mr Tung. Asked whether they had discussed 24-hour border crossings, Mr Lu would only say they had held talks on accelerating the speed of border crossing. It was decided that both sides would hold a high-level meeting in Zhuhai next Friday. Various mainland officials, including Mr Zeng, congratulated Mr Tung on his second term as chief executive. Zhou Nan - the former director of Xinhua's Hong Kong branch and a guest at a reception to mark the opening of Macau's Beijing office - also showered Mr Tung with praise. 'If I were a Hong Kong person, I would also vote for Mr Tung,' he said. 'Now that he has been elected by securing the highest number [of nominators], he should be a chief executive with strong leadership.' On the challenges facing Hong Kong, Mr Zhou said: 'I believe Hong Kong will ride smoothly through the difficulties it now faces.' Last night, Mr Tung had his first meeting since the handover in Beijing with Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress and local delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. He will wrap up his four-day visit today by meeting President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji.