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Speech by Commissioner WAN Yongxiang at the Buffet Dinner Reception on Congratulation on the completion of the Trip of Consuls Corp to Guangdong Province (2007/05/13)

Respected Mr &Mrs.Mario Leal Campos, the head of the delegation,

Respected Consul-Generals and Honorary Consuls,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, on behalf of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Macao Special Administrative Region, I would like to extend the warmest welcome to you and to express the congratulations on the success of the familiarization trip to Shaoguan city Guangdong province, which is organized by the Macao SAR government with meticulous preparation work and arrangements.

This trip, again, provides an opportunity to closely get in touch with the society of Mainland China. It is believed that the trip will help you know more about the social and economic development of China in a more comprehensive way, and further understand the close cooperative relationship between the Hong Kong SAR/Macao SAR and Guangdong province. This trip is conducive to carrying out your missions in HKSAR and Macao SAR and to promoting the communications and cooperations between your respective sending country with China and these two SARs.

In the past seven years since Macao's return, the Macao SAR government headed by the Chief Executive Edmond Ho, has fully carried out the basic principle of "one country, two systems", lead the Macao people from all walks of life to make great efforts to march forward and achieved great accomplishments of rapid economic growth, lasting social stability and overall improvement of the people's livelihood. These achievements are perfectly obvious. Of course, in the process of the fast development, the Macao SAR is also facing some problems. However, to pursue stability and progress is the unswerving common understanding of the Macao society. We believe, under the leadership of the Chief Executive and the Macao SAR government, together with the co-efforts of Macao residents, Macao SAR shall overcome the difficulties occurring in the process of development, achieve more dynamic and sustainable development and create a more harmonious society.

Now, May I propose a toast,

to the prosperity of HK and Macao SARs,

to the success of the trip,

and to the health of all present.

Cheers!



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