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Vice-president arrives in HK
Updated: 2005-09-10 21:37

Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong arrived in Hong Kong Saturday to kick off his three-day inspection tour, during which he is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Disneyland.

Upon his arrival, Zeng was greeted at the Lok Ma Chau cross boundary check point by Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Donald Tsang, Administrative Secretary Rafael Hui, Financial Secretary Tang Ying-yen and Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung.

The vice-president was presented with bouquets of flowers by two children and then shook hands with the Hong Kong officials present.

"My heart is always with Hong Kong," Zeng told reporters.

"I'm very glad to come here to attend the opening ceremony of the Disneyland and shall take the chance to see the compatriots of Hong Kong," he added.

Zeng asked the reporters to convey his regards to the compatriots of Hong Kong and said "How are you" and "Thank you" in local dialect -- Cantonese.

Officials accompanying Zeng on the tour include Liao Hui, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council; Gao Siren, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR; Mao Linkun, deputy director of the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China; and Shao Qiwei, director of the National Tourism Administration.

Among those who greeted the vice-president at the hotel where he stays were Wang Fengchao and Peng Qinghua, deputy directors of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong; Yang Wenchang, commissioner of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Hong Kong; Wang Jitang, commander, Zhang Rucheng, political commissar, of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Garrison in Hong Kong; and Li Ka-shing, chairman of the board of the Cheung Kong ( Holdings) Limited.

During his stay in Hong Kong, Zeng is to meet people from all walks of life and view financial, educational and sports facilities.

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