President Hu Jintao yesterday linked Macau's rising fortunes to the growth on the mainland, vowing to 'unswervingly' implement the 'one country, two systems' policy. His comments came after his arrival in Macau for fifth-anniversary celebrations of its handover after five centuries of Portuguese rule. 'The gratifying situation in Macau is closely linked with the excellent situation in the reform and development on the mainland,' Mr Hu said during a 15-minute speech at a banquet. 'Right now, our motherland is in very good shape.' China's gross domestic product will expand by at least 9 per cent this year, Mr Hu predicted, thanking the people of Hong Kong and Macau for their contribution. President Hu is due to meet Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa today. Yesterday, however, it was Edmund Ho Hau-wah who was the centre of Mr Hu's attentions, with the Macau chief executive being showered with compliments. Throughout Mr Hu's visit to a secondary school and a private home yesterday afternoon, Mr Ho kept him company and chatted with him. 'The central government trusts him tremendously, supports him tremendously,' Mr Hu told one citizen, patting Mr Ho's shoulder during a street walkabout. Pointing at the citizen, Mr Ho replied: 'That's only due to their support.' Mr Hu arrived yesterday at 11.30am. As soon as he walked off the plane with his wife, Liu Yong-qing , followed by six central government officials, he was welcomed by 200 Macau primary school students as well as Macau's leaders. Mr Hu then cut the ribbon at the $560 million Sai Van Bridge, a third bridge linking the Macau peninsula with Taipa Island. The double-decker, 2,200 metre-long bridge has six lanes on the upper level and four lanes on the lower level. Space is reserved on the lower deck for two lanes that could be turned into railway tracks in the future. Showing an approachable side, Mr Hu posed for photographs and chatted with locals as he walked from the Ruins of St Paul's to the Museum of Macau.