President Xi Jinping met with newly appointed Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng at the Fujian Hall of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon, congratulating Ho for becoming the new Macao Chief Executive.
As the fifth Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Xi says that Ho has upheld patriotism for the longest time and is enthusiastic in serving the people of Macao. Having devoted himself through various public positions, serving in the National People's Congress Standing Committee and the Macao’s Legislative Assembly, Ho has made positive efforts for the country's reform, modernising infrastructure, and for the prosperity and stability of Macao. The contribution of the central government is fully affirmed.
Xi also pointed out that during the election for the fifth Chief Executive, Ho was nominated with high votes, demonstrating that Macao widely recognised him worthy of the leadership position.
"This year marks the 20th anniversary of Macao's return to China, and within the last 20 years, the past two chief executives Edmund Ho Hau Wah and Fernando Chui Sai On has united Macao under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle, firmly upholding the constitution and the Macao Basic Law. Macao’s rapid economic growth, continuous improvement of people's livelihoods, social stability and harmony shows the rest of the world the successful practice of the "One Country, Two Systems" in Macao." writes the Macao Daily.
The paper also said that "Xi entrusts Ho with the future of Macao looking forward, while uniting the new government of Macao to work together, reform and innovate, carefully planning its long-term development under the "One Country, Two Systems" principle."
Before meeting the president of Peoples Republic of China, Ho Iat Seng received from prime minister Li Keqiang the State Council decree designating him as the fifth-term chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR).
(Macao Daily/Macau News)