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The head of the Chinese parliament is in town for his first visit to the country’s only legal gaming enclave and he said that, as a first-time visitor to Macau, he was much impressed by the city’s neat and prosperous image, and credited the success of the territory to the SAR government’s “strict” implementation of the Basic Law under the principle of “one-country-two-systems.”
“I have been longing to come to Macau to take a look, and now my dream is finally realized,” said Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, who arrived in Macau yesterday for a three-day visit.
At the reception dinner hosted by the SAR government, Wu said that his first half day of visiting Macau had given him a very nice first impression: “The place looks more attractive than I imagined, although I barely came here hours ago. The streets are bustling and look neat and tidy. People appear energetic and high-spirited, leaving an unforgettable impression.”

The place looks more attractive than I imagined

- Wu Bangguo

The reception dinner brought together the city’s main officials, legislators, business leaders, and representatives from other sectors. Wu credited the success of the city to the SAR government’s efforts in following the “one-country-two-systems” rule and enforcing the Basic Law in a “thorough” manner. Upon his arrival at the Macau International Airport, he also praised the SAR government for “strictly sticking” to the Basic Law in governing the city.
Before the dinner, Wu visited University of Macau’s new campus in Hengqin. Deeply cared about UM’s development, Wu showed support for the residential college system to be implemented on the new campus and commended UM’s unique characteristics, as well as its rapid construction that took just 3 years to complete.
 Wu’s delegation visited the landmark buildings - the Library and the University Exhibition Hall and was briefed by the Secretary of Transport and Public Works of Macau SAR Lau Si Io and UM Rector Wei Zhao on the planning of the construction and UM’s characteristics respectively. Lau said that the new campus project was a huge and challenging project with a lot of difficulties; however, with the concerted efforts from all the parties concerned, its construction is finally nearing completion.    
Afterwards, Zhao presented UM’s four characteristics: the adoption of a 4-in-1 educational model, administration of a team of international faculty, attaching importance to the fundamental disciplines, as well as multidisciplinary development of the leading fields. In response, Wu praised UM’s residential colleges for having its distinctive characteristics, and said that the much bigger new campus will provide an excellent learning environment for the students.
Wu arrived in Macau in the morning and was greeted on the tarmac at Macau International Airport by the Chief Executive, major officials and other political leaders. He said in a written statement upon his arrival that the SAR Government had led the people of Macau with a strong sense of duty and responsibility to cope with local issues. Today Wu attends a special event at the Cultural Center to mark the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Basic Law of Macau, and meets local officials as well as leaders in different sectors, to learn the latest development of the city.

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