Hong Kong newspapers Wednesday devoted pages respectively to reports of China's new leadership, pinning high hope on their capability to lead the Chinese people in building a more prosperous country.
"China's new president and premier Tuesday called for greater democracy and rule of law, saying reforms and opening up are the only path to a more prosperous country," reported South China Morning Post.
Devoting six pages to the 10th National People's Congress, the newspaper also ran stories about members of the new cabinet. Story about New Premier Wen Jiabao is titled "Wen Jiabao, man of the people, promises to live up to his task."
Da Kung Pao said in its front-page story that President Hu Jintao had promised to place the interests of the state and the people above anything else and always be their faithful servant.
The newspaper, while highlighted Premier Wen's hope to visit Hong Kong as soon as possible, also welcomed his promise to give full support to Hong Kong's stability and development.
In a report titled "Wen premieres with closer HK links tip," The Standard said Wen was confident that Hong Kong would be able to overcome its current economic difficulties and retain its advantages.
Wen Wei Po, which devoted seven pages to the reports of China's new leadership, also highlighted Premier Wen Jiabao's promise to give full support to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government on behalf of the central government.
The new cabinet is to focus more on economic reform and Hong Kong deputies to the National Peoples Congress (NPC) have expressed their satisfaction with the new leadership, the paper said.
China Daily (Hong Kong edition) in a front-page report noted "Landmark NPC concludes with optimistic messages."
The paper said the Great Hall of the People resonated with pledges to build a more prosperous China and serve the people Tuesday as China's top legislature wrapped up its annual session.
The session not only approved the country's new leadership, but also endorsed government policies aimed at building a well-off society in an all-round way, it said.