Partnerships with HK and Macau are also a goal, says official Fujian will actively promote economic co-operation in the pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) region, but will give more emphasis to its links with Taiwan, the province's vice-governor says. Ye Shuangyu told a meeting with media from Hong Kong and Macau that his province had three main goals. While none involved direct co-operation with the pan-Pearl River Delta region, they did emphasise partnerships with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Fujian's three objectives were to make the province an important economic development region; an important participant in economic, scientific and cultural co-operation with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau; and a base for the reunification of China. 'In an era of globalisation and regionalisation, Fujian is not only participating actively in the PPRD, but will actively promote the PPRD, especially economic co-operation with Hong Kong and Macau,' Mr Ye said. Meanwhile, Fujian is also expanding its container port capacity with an eye to servicing cargo from Jiangxi and Hunan as a result of increased co-operation in the PPRD. The province plans to invest 14.6 billion yuan in 78 deepwater berths to take its total container-handling capacity to 13.33 million teus (20-foot equivalent units) by 2010 and a further 28.51 billion yuan to build 99 deepwater berths with a capacity of 28.33 million teus by 2020. Xiamen alone was planning to increase the capacity of its container ports to 10 million teus annually by 2010 and is in talks with Hutchison Whampoa, the Port of Singapore Authority and shipping giant Maersk to invest in the expansion projects, party chief Zheng Lizhong said. Mr Zheng said Xiamen's container throughput was 2.3 million teus last year and was expected to break 3 million teus this year. Of the total throughput, only 10 per cent was redirected to Hong Kong for transshipment, ports statistics showed. The volume of cargo going to Hong Kong has been decreasing over the years as Xiamen opened more international routes, of which there are now 56.