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Han Zheng and Yang Xiong Meet Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
    On April 9, Han Zheng, member the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and Yang Xiong, deputy secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and mayor of Shanghai, met with Leung Chun-ying, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and his party, who came to Shanghai to attend the 3rd session of the Conference on Economic and Trade Cooperation between Shanghai and Hong Kong.
    Han Zheng expressed welcome to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the delegation he led, saying that since the inauguration of the conference in 2003, two sessions have been held in Hong Kong and Shanghai. In the past years this cooperation mechanism has steadily promoted the mutual complementarity and common development of the two cities. He believed the current session, for which the two sides started making preparations in March last year, will further expand their economic and trade cooperation on the basis of the existing sound foundation.
    He went on to say that many Shanghai residents follow the development of Hong Kong and also many Hong Kong friends show interest in that of Shanghai, particularly in the building of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ). Shanghai is finished now with the preparations for the FTZ’s expansion, which, once expanded, will cover all the major functional zones in Pudong. We will, in keeping with the requirements and plans of the central government, with institutional innovation as the core and taking it as the most fundamental that the innovations can be duplicated and popularized, strive for greater achievements in deepening reform and widening opening up. He looked forward to closer cooperation between Shanghai and Hong Kong and to their making greater contributions to the country’s development.
    Leung Chun-ying noted that there are great space and potential for Hong Kong-Shanghai cooperation. The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region attaches great importance to the mechanism of the economic and trade cooperation conference. The FTZ’s model has been introduced now to Guangdong, Tianjin and Fujian, which speaks for the success it has achieved in reform and exploration and for the fact that it can be transplanted elsewhere. The current economic and trade cooperation meeting is convened against such a backdrop and at an opportune time. He believed the twenty-odd measures for economic and trade cooperation to be introduced soon in Hong Kong and Shanghai will further promote the governmental and people-to-people cooperation between the two cities and lead to a win for all – Hong Kong, Shanghai and the country.
    Zhou Bo, deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Shanghai leaders Tu Guangshao and Yin Hong, and John Tsang Chun-wah, financial secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.