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Chinese central gov't supports Hong Kong's active role in cooperation with Guangdong, Macao

(Xinhua)

09:43, August 18, 2011


Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang delivers a speech at the Forum on 12th Five-Year Plan and Mainland-Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Financial Cooperation in Hong Kong, south China, Aug. 17, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

HONG KONG, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- China's central government supports Hong Kong's active role in cooperation with Guangdong Province and Macao Special Administrative Region, and is steadfast to enhance and deepen the cooperation, a Chinese government delegation led by Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang said at a forum here Wednesday.

As part of series of supportive measures unveiled at a forum on the Nation's 12th Five-Year Program (2011-2015) and cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong, the government will oversee the implementation of the Framework Agreement on Hong Kong/ Guangdong Cooperation and proactively propel the building of Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong modern service industry cooperation zone.

The central government will advise the drafting and implementation of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao regional tourism plan and formulation of long-term strategy in tourism cooperation, reinforce the development of barrier-free tourism districts, and work to build internationally famed tourist destinations.

According to the measures, "Connecting Mainland-Hong Kong-Macao " will be integrated in the comprehensive transportation system plan of the Nation's 12th Five-year Program. To this end, construction of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link as well as Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will be boosted. In this regard, joint venture cooperation with Hong Kong enterprises will be prioritized in terms of freeway and port building.

The government will also encourage and promote cooperation between the aviation industries of Hong Kong and the mainland, especially the Pearl River Delta region in improving air traffic cooperation mechanism and upgrading the regional air transport ability. The feasibility of building an express rail line linking airports of Hong Kong and Shenzhen will be studied.

Closer cooperation in legal affairs and better communication of law firms from the mainland and Hong Kong will be explored.

Widely seen as a boon to Hong Kong's economic and social development, the above measures are part of broader measures rolled out on the second day of Li's first official visit to the city since he took the post in 2008.

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