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Vice Premier Li inaugurates new Hong Kong government headquarters

(Xinhua)

10:23, August 19, 2011

Hong Kong, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang attended the inauguration ceremony of the new government headquarters of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Thursday afternoon.

Li unveiled a plaque to mark the construction of the new headquarters.

"We believe that the new building will become another landmark in the city's downtown area," said Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang while addressing the ceremony.

The new building, located in Tamar in Central Hong Kong, began its construction in February 2008, as part of the Tamar Development Project, which also includes the construction of the Legislative Council complex, an open space and two elevated walkways.

Since August, some government departments have moved into the building.

Tamar's predecessor is a naval base of British troops stationed in Hong Kong.

Since Hong Kong returned to China in 1997, its government headquarters has been located in the Lower Albert Road in Central Hong Kong.

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