Premier Wen Jiabao met Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah in Beijing yesterday and expressed concern about the salt-tide crisis that has plagued Macau this year. Mr Wen said the Beijing and the Guangdong provincial governments had immediate remedies as well as long-term plans in place to tackle the problem, which has left people in Macau and Zhuhai with salty tap water unfit for drinking or cooking. Residents must buy bottled water and some have been collecting spring water despite health warnings. Mr Ho said the situation was under control but could worsen in the winter. The premier also gave Macau's chief and government his blessing, saying the economy had been steadily growing and society was more stable. He hoped the Macau government would continue to unite all sectors to ensure sustainable growth of the economy. Mr Wen said the central government would strictly adhere to the principles of 'one country, two systems' and a high degree of self-autonomy for Macau. Mr Ho also met President Hu Jintao, Vice-President Zeng Qinghong and State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan .