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Deputy PM “reminds” Macau to diversify and prepare for the unexpected

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image Zhang Dejiang (2nd R, front), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, joins a discussion with deputies from Macau

Macau needs to educate talented people and diversify its development in the current good times, to better prepare for possible difficult circumstances, said Chinese deputy Prime Minister Zhang Dejiang in his meeting with Macau’s deputies to the National People’s Congress yesterday in Beijing.
Zhang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, yesterday joined a discussion with the deputies from Macau who were attending the first session of the 12th NPC meeting in Beijing.
According to TDM, one of the 12 Macau deputies, Lao Ngai Leong, quoted Zhang as saying that the central government leader asked Macau to successfully conclude the implementation of “one-country-two-systems,” with a view to further promote the execution of the policy. The Beijing official also asked the Macau political leaders to continue with their support of the SAR government’s governance in accordance with the law, including the enforcement of the Basic Law.
Moreover, the official reported to be taking over the central government’s Macau and Hong Kong affairs also said Macau needed to put more emphasis on diversified (economic) development. He reminded the city to educate more talented people for its future endeavors in new developments, and prepare in the current good times for possible difficulties in the future. Macau NPC deputy Ho Suit Hing interpreted the Beijing leader’s remarks as a hint to adjust its educational emphasis with more focus on long-term development. She told the Macau broadcaster that the SAR government is lacking coordination in its education of young people, and to put more effort in training in more diversified skills.
Talking about the significance of Zhang’s remarks, Lionel Leong Vai Tac said the diversification efforts and results achieved by Macau in the past years obviously did not meet the central government’s expectations, and so Zhang reminded the SAR to put in more effort and boost its ability to respond to possible crises. He believed the local government should devote more energy to education in order to sharpen Macau’s competitive edge.
Lao Ngai Leong also said that Zhang was very concerned about Macau affairs when he was serving as the governor of Guangdong province, and was especially supportive of the pan-Pearl River Delta economic integration, development of Hengqin and construction of University of Macau’s new campus.
Qiao Xiaoyang, deputy secretary general of the Tenth NPC Standing Committee, and Wang Guangya, Head of the HK & Macau Affairs Office were also present at the meeting.


Local NPC deputies give speeches

5 Macau NPC deputies gave speeches at the meeting with Zhang on five topics before the two sides engaged in detailed discussion on each of the issues. Ho Iat Seng, head of the Macau delegation, introduced the deputies, including Jose Chui Sai Peng, one by one to the central government leaders. Zhang told the Macau deputies to speak freely on the issues they were concerned about. It was not immediately clear what they discussed but TDM quoted Ho Iat Seng saying that Zhang’s presence showed the high level of importance Beijing attached to Macau affairs, and the deputies were much encouraged by it. Ho also said the delegation was the smallest in terms of size, or number of deputies, but Qiao Xiaoyang stressed that the meeting room for the meeting with the Macau deputies was the largest.

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