The postponement of a high-powered meeting between Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua will not delay work on a bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai, a senior Guangdong official said yesterday. The two-day meeting of the Hong Kong-Guangdong Co-operation Joint Conference was to have been held on Tuesday in Hong Kong, when discussions were expected to focus on the cross-delta bridge. However, the meeting was postponed because of the current political crisis. Speaking after a seminar on economic co-operation between Hong Kong and Guangdong, executive vice-governor Tang Bingquan said the postponement would not delay construction of the bridge. Mr Tang did not say when the joint conference would meet. Mr Tung announced two weeks ago that he and Mr Huang would take personal charge of the cross-border forum. Until now it has been led by Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and the executive vice-governor. Mr Tang said the central and provincial governments supported the project, but studies on the bridge's alignment and its environmental impact were needed. The Hong Kong side has recommended a 29km bridge linking San Shek Wan, south of Chek Lap Kok airport, to Zhuhai and Macau. A feasibility study conducted by the National Development and Reform Commission has endorsed the project, saying it could boost economic development of the western Pearl River Delta. Mr Tang said the joint conference had helped further the bridge project, adding: 'Both sides will unveil more concrete measures to boost cross-border co-operation very soon.'