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Chui briefs top officials on Xi speech

Chief Executive Chui Sai On Monday briefed Macau’s most senior officials including his five policy secretaries on President Xi Jinping’s recent speech in Beijing on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the nation’s reform and opening-up.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:49 am

Chief Executive Chui Sai On Monday briefed Macau’s most senior officials including his five policy secretaries on President Xi Jinping’s recent speech in Beijing on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the nation’s reform and opening-up.

In his speech on November 12, Xi voiced the hope that Hong Kong and Macau will further develop themselves by embracing the country’s cause of reform and opening-up. Xi also said compatriots in Hong Kong and Macau were expected to continue participating in the country’s reform and opening-up with sincere patriotism and a pioneering spirit, attain the greater development of the two special administrative regions (SARs) by promoting the development of the country, and jointly work for national rejuvenation, Xinhua reported at that time.

Xi made the remarks when meeting senior officials from the two SARs at the Great Hall of the People.

Hong Kong and Macau still hold unique positions, have unique strengths and will play an irreplaceable role in reform and opening-up in the new era, Xi stressed.

The Hong Kong and Macau SAR officials were visiting Beijing to celebrate the 40th anniversary oi the nation’s reform and opening-up. Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On headed the Macau delegation.

According to a statement released by the Macau Government Information Bureau (GCS) Monday, Chui urged Macau’s principal officials to put Xi’s ideas “in an indubitable way” into practice, namely concerning Macau’s role as a world centre of tourism and leisure and as a service platform for economic and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, as well as Macau’s participation in the development of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA).

Chui said, according to the GCS statement, the aim of putting Xi’s ideas into practice was to ensure Macau’s prosperity and stability so that the whole population would benefit from the nation’s development and also ensure that the “One Country, Two Systems” principle could achieve its objectives.

The statement also quoted Chui as promising that the local government will fully comply with Xi’s youth policy guidelines, such as by helping Macau’s young people integrate themselves into the nation’s development.

The closed-door meeting was held at Government Headquarters.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:49 am

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