Chinese PM backs Hong Kong`s role as global centre: Reports
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Last Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010, 16:27
Hong Kong: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has voiced support for Hong Kong's role as a centre of global financial and other economic activities, saying Beijing will seek stronger ties with Hong Kong, according to local media reports.

Hong Kong-based Chinese newspapers, including Takungpao and Singtao, reported on their websites that Wen mentioned the importance of Hong Kong's role on world stage during a press conference in Beijing on Sunday.

The news conference was held after the closing session of the National People Congress (NPC) in Beijing earlier this month. The NPC is the highest state body and the only legislative house in China.

The papers quoted Wen as saying that China will need to come up with ways "how to maintain and further develop the existing strengths of Hong Kong as a global financial centre, shipping centre and trade centre."

He also stressed that the vast market and rapid economic development in mainland China will provide the resources Hong Kong needs for its future development, the papers said.

"(We need) to make use of the advantages of proximity to the mainland in Hong Kong to further strengthen ties between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta," Wen was quoted as saying by the papers.


First Published: Monday, March 15, 2010, 16:27

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