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Premier Li stresses confidence in HK’s competitive edge, prosperity

Updated: Mar 13,2014 4:13 PM     Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a press conference after the closing meeting of the second annual session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 13, 2014.[Xinhua]

BEIJING - Premier Li Keqiang expressed his confidence in Hong Kong’s competitive edge and ability to maintain prosperity on March 13.

The central government’s policy toward Hong Kong and Macao is consistent and clear-cut, said Li at a press conference after the annual parliamentary session ended.

“We will continue to support Hong Kong in maintaining and elevating its status as an international financial, trading and shipping center,” he said.

The mainland’s reform and economic upgrading will open tremendous chances to Hong Kong, Li said.

The mainland is opening up its service sector, in which Hong Kong has a strong leading edge, he said, citing an old Chinese saying that a pavilion that is close to the pond will get the moonlight first.

“With Hong Kong people’s enterprising spirit, I have confidence that Hong Kong will keep its competitive edge and maintain prosperity amid future competition,” he said.