Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Hong Kong
Friday to attend celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's return
to the motherland and the swearing-in ceremony of the third-term government of
the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
At about 11:30 a.m., Hu arrived at the airport and was greeted by HKSAR Chief
Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, among others.
Hu told reporters at the airport that "the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's
return to China is a happy event for Hong Kong and for the whole country as
"I'm sincerely happy about Hong Kong's achievements since returning to the
motherland 10 years ago, and I'm even more confident about Hong Kong's future,"
At about 2:30 p.m., Hu met with Chief Executive of the HKSAR Donald Tsang.
Hu said that the central government will, as always, give full support to the
HKSAR chief executive and the government in their governance according to law,
and will make efforts to promote the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong
Tsang thanked President Hu for his care and concern for Hong Kong and Hong
Kong people. The HKSAR government and people from all walks of life will make
concerted efforts to promote the prosperity, stability and harmony of Hong Kong,
At about 3:00 p.m., accompanied by Tsang, Hu visited the Hong Kong Sports
Institute and chatted with elite Hong Kong athletes who are training for the
2008 Beijing Olympics.
The president said that Hong Kong sports talents have made great achievements
in competitions at the international level. He encouraged the athletes to
perform well at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The president watched performances of wheel-chair fencing and table tennis
and also played table tennis with 13-year-old athlete Chiu Chung-hei.
After leaving the Hong Kong Sports Institute, Hu went to the Wu Kwai Sha
Youth Village and met with some 100 Hong Kong youngsters who were gathering
together to share experience in joining an exchange program in Beijing this
About 380 Hong Kong youngsters aged 14-20 took part in the exchange program
which involved Hong Kong and Beijing youths to celebrate Hong Kong's 10th return
anniversary and greet the 2008 Olympic Games.
President Hu was invited to look at exhibition panels containing pictures
taken by the youngsters during their Beijing trip. Then he sat down with the
youngsters and heard speeches given by seven students.
After that, President Hu visited two families of ordinary Hong Kong people.
At Leung Chi-sing's home in Chung On Estate, Hu asked about their daily life,
from the couples' job to their children's education, from the flat they just
bought to the environment of the residential area.
At Chiu Shek-on's apartment in Kam Fung Court, Ma On Shan, Hu asked about
Chiu's import and export business, and encouraged him to take advantage of the
rapid economic development of the mainland and Hong Kong to expand his business.
In the evening, President Hu also met with major administrative, legislative
and judicial officials of the HKSAR and attended a family dinner hosted by HK
Chief Executive Tsang at the Government House.