Cheung stresses benefits of co-location
Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung on Friday said the co-location arrangement would not undermine the Basic Law or impair the “one country, two systems” principle. This is because the government is committed to protecting these core values.
Speaking to the media after the Guangdong-Hong KongMacao Cooperation Forum Summit in Zhongshan, Guangdong province, the special administrative region’s No 2 official urged the public to view the arrangement from a macro-perspective.
He added that the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) would greatly benefit Hong Kong’s economy, culture and youth development.
Cheung added that the government will talk to the Legislative Council and stakeholders from business sector and the public to foster a better understanding of the arrangement. The proposal is being submitted to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) — the country’s top legislature — for approval and ratification.
The government on Tuesday announced details of the co-location arrangement in the XRL’s Hong Kong section. This would let passengers enjoy one-stop immigration and customs clearance service at the West Kowloon Terminus.
After NPCSC’s approval and ratification, the co-location arrangement will be implemented in Hong Kong through enactment of local legislation.
Cheung noted that LegCo’s House Committee will hold a special meeting to discuss the arrangement on Aug 3. He added that government officials will attend in order to explain and promote the arrangement.
Cheung also said he had invited all LegCo members to
The co-location arrangement will not undermine the Basic Law or impair the ‘one country, two systems’ principle.” Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, chief secretary for administration
join a guided tour to the rail link station to learn more about how the co-location works.
Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) — the country’s top political advisory body — Leung Chun-ying also attended the summit. The former chief executive described the co-location arrangement as an innovative mechanism. He said it was a simple procedure which would achieve better Hong Kongmainland communication and development.
At a separate occasion, Sec- retary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah said the co-location arrangement was the “most convenient means” for Hong Kong to achieve maximum economic benefits.
The city would lose many development opportunities, forfeit time and convenience and face many financial costs if it failed to tap into the mainland railway network, Yau explained.
He said the city’s tourism industry had already voiced support for the arrangement since industry insiders believe the express train services will attract more travelers to Hong Kong.
A man grieves for the victims of the magnitude 7.5 earthquake that left more than 240,000 people dead in Tangshan, Hebei province, 41 years ago to the day on Friday. He stands at a memorial wall that lists the names of those felled by the 1976 temblor.