15th anniversary of Macao’s return to China

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Macao on the 19th of December to attend the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Macao’s Return to the Motherland and the Inauguration Ceremony of the Fourth-term Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Government.
A cheering crowd waving the Chinese national flags and the MSAR flags greeted Mr. Xi as he descended the ramp stairs from his special flight at Macao International Airport, accompanied by his wife Madam Peng Liyuan.
Mr. Xi said in a short speech on his arrival that he was very happy to be back in Macao after he last visited five years ago.
“I believe that Macao will make steadier and greater strides in the future under the guidance of the principle of ‘one country, two systems’ and the Basic Law.”
Mr. Xi was welcomed on the tarmac by the Chief Executive, Mr. Chui Sai On, and his wife Ms. Fok Wai Fun.
From the airport, the President and his entourage were driven to San Chok Un guesthouse, where he is staying for his two-day visit; he will meet the Chief Executive at the guesthouse.
In the evening, the President attended a welcome reception in his honor hosted by the MSAR Government.
“The progress and success of the MSAR are attributable to the full implementation of the principle of ‘one country, two systems’ and the Basic Law.” This is according to the President, Mr. Xi Jinping, in a speech at a dinner reception to welcome him on his two-day official visit to Macao.
Mr. Xi said he was deeply touched by the joy and harmony he saw in two ordinary local families he visited earlier this afternoon.
“The parents are hard-working and the kids are diligent. Everybody is keen to see greater progress in their own community and in Macao. They all aspire for a better tomorrow,” he said.
The President noted that the most important issue for Macao at present and for some time in the future is how to make greater progress on the basis of the achievements made in the past 15 years and to maintain Macao’s long-term prosperity and stability.
He urged the Macao people to stay alert to the changes taking place both within and outside Macao, work together to build on what has been achieved, and support the MSAR Government’s work to break new ground in the implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle.
The Chief Executive, Mr. Chui Sai On, said the successful implementation of the principle of “One country, two systems” had provided Macao with important institutional protection for a better future.
Mr. Chui said the SAR Government would continue to improve people’s quality of life, and pragmatically turn Macao into a world tourism and leisure centre as well as a service platform for commercial and trade cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.
He said he would bear in mind President Xi’s advice upon receiving the appointment as the fourth-term Chief Executive of the Macao SAR in Beijing when the President recognized the achievements of the MSAR Government and urged him to do an even better job in governing and developing Macao.
Concluding his remarks, the Chief Executive thanked the President and the Central People’s Government for their trust and support, pledging to join hands with the Macao people to strive for the long-term prosperity and stability of Macao.
This evening’s reception, held at the Macao East Asian Games Dome, was attended by about 500 dignitaries. After the reception, President Xi attended the variety show celebrating the 15th anniversary of the MSAR, which was also held at the Macao East Asian Games Dome.
Source: http://portal.gov.mo/web/guest/info_detail?infoid=517605; http://portal.gov.mo/web/guest/info_detail?infoid=517795

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