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China begins construction of world's longest cross-sea bridge

2009-12-15 17:17 BJT

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ZHUHAI, Guangdong, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday began construction of the world's longest cross-sea bridge linking its southern economic hub of Guangdong Province to Hong Kong and Macao, a move widely expected to bring economic ties closer.

Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang(C) attends the inauguration ceremony of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, the world's longest cross-sea bridge, in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, on Dec. 15, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang(C) attends the inauguration ceremony
of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, the world's longest cross-sea 
bridge, in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, on Dec. 15, 
2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang attended the inauguration ceremony in Zhuhai, Guangdong, and launched the project.

"The construction of the bridge is a milestone event," he said at the ceremony, five days ahead of the 10th anniversary of Macao's return to Chinese rule.

"It is a move for Hong Kong, Macao and the Pear River Delta region to cope with global economic downturn, boost investment and inspire people," he said.

"Meanwhile, it can also further increase the links and promote economic cooperation between Hong Kong and Macao, and between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao," he said.

"It is of great significance to maintain the long-term prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and Macao, and enhance overall competitiveness in the region," he said.

Li also urged construction authorities to work with a strong sense of responsibility and sense of mission, and build a landmark in the region and a model of cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao in the field of infrastructure construction.

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Edmund Ho Hau Wah, chief executive of the Macao SAR, and Chui Sai On, the incoming Macao SAR chief executive, also attended the inauguration ceremony.

During a meeting with the three officials, Li said he hoped the two SARs could further enhance cooperation with Guangdong to seek mutual benefit and common development by drawing on one another's advantages.