President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday as he arrived in Macau, that the Chinese government and the Chinese people are proud of the successes and progress of Macau since the administration of the territory returned to China 20 years ago.
In a short statement at Macau airport, at the beginning of a three-day visit to the territory, Xi Jinping said he was pleased to be back in the “beautiful city of Macau” and recalled that in October the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China had been celebrated and that 20 December marks the 20th anniversary of the return of the administration of Macau to China.
“It is important to note the experience and the characteristics of Macau in applying the ‘one country, two systems’ principle,” he said, adding that “together we will establish a plan for the future economic development of Macau.”
The President also said he was open, during his stay, to discuss opinions and issues with personalities from various sectors of local society.
After his arrival, President Xi received Chief Executive Chui Sai On, who who he praised for the work of achieving the “one country, two systems” principle in Macau and for over ten years, having consolidated and promoted the prosperity and stability of the territory.
On Friday the Chinese President will instate the new Macau government headed by Ho Iat Seng.
This is the sixth visit that Xi has made to Macau. In 2000 and 2001, as governor of Fujian province he visited Macau and later, in 2005, as secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in Zhejiang province.
In 2009 Xi Jinping was in Macau as vice-president and in 2014 as president of the People’s Republic of China to attend the celebrations of the 15th anniversary of the Macau Special Administrative Region and instate the second government headed by Chui Sai On. (macauhub)