Chinese President Hu Jintao Saturday called on Hong Kong people to set aside differences, be inclusive and work together to ensure stability and development of Hong Kong.
While toasting at a welcoming dinner hosted by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, Hu said Hong Kong has surely come a long way, but this has not been easy, and the people of Hong Kong should cherish their hard-won progress.
"To ensure stability and development in Hong Kong, a society of diversity, it is important that its people set aside differences, be inclusive and work together to promote their common interests.
"The people of Hong Kong from all social groups, professions and organizations, and with various political beliefs and faiths should follow the call of 'loving the motherland and loving Hong Kong', close ranks, uphold China's national interests and Hong Kong's overall interests, and strive to sustain Hong Kong's prosperity and stability," said Hu.
President Hu arrived here Friday to attend the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland and the swearing-in ceremony of the third-term HKSAR government.