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Remarks by H.E. Yu Hong, Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam at the Reception to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Macao's Return to the People's Republic of China
2019/12/19

Senior officials from the Government of Brunei Darussalam,

Pengiran Pengiran, Pehin Pehin, Dato Dato, Datin Datin,

Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners,

Dear compatriots, distinguished guests, friends from media,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening!

Tonight, we are delighted to gather here to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Macao's Return to the People's Republic of China.On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Brunei, I extend heartfelt thanks to all the guest here for joining us today.

In 1999, after more than 400 years vicissitudes, Macao returned to China.It was an important moment that all Chinese people had been expecting for longtime.Over the past 20 years, the Macao Special Administrative Region government has united people from all walks of life to fully and accurately understand and implement the principle of "one country, two systems", firmly upheld the authority of the Constitution and the Basic Law of MSAR, and inherited the core values of loving the country and Macao.With rapid economic growth, Macao has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world.In 2018, Macao's GDP reached USD54.5 billion, with per capita GDP rising from USD 15,000 in 1999 to USD83,000 in 2018.With the goal of becoming a "World Center for Tourism and Leisure" and a "Platform for Business Cooperation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries", Macao has been actively integrating itself into the national development.Tourism and exhibition industry is developing with broad prospects.Macao has become a politically stable, socially harmonious, prosperous and dynamic special administrative region in China.

Not long ago, we celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China.Over the past 70 years, China has made great achievements in various fields.In this great historical process, especially in the process of reform and opening up, Macao has been a witness, a participant, and a contributor and a beneficiary as well.Macao has made important contributions to the reform, opening up, construction and development of the mainland China.Since its return to China 20 years ago, Macao has given full play to the advantages of "one country, two systems", adhered to the foundation of "one country", made good use of the benefits of "two systems".It has taken the initiative to integrate itself into the overall development of the country, and complemented and developed together with mainland China. Macao and mainland China benefited from each other’s development with the links getting stronger and stronger.

The successful practice of "one country, two systems" in Macao has demonstrated that it is a workable solution welcomed by the people.

"One country, two systems" is a great initiative of socialism with Chinese characteristics and an important part of China's national governance system.It is the basic principle of the Chinese government in dealing with the affairs of Hong Kong and Macao and an important system for the peaceful reunification of China."One country, two systems" is a holistic concept. The "one country" is the premise and basis of the "two systems," and the "two systems" is subordinate to and derived from "one country."

Three days later on December 20, Macao will have its new Chief Executive, opening a new chapter in Macao's development.The development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will greatly improve infrastructure connectivity among the three places and promote the establishment of an international science, technology and innovation center.Last month, the central government introduced 15 new measures to benefit Hong Kong and Macao residents, injecting new momentum into the region's participation in the greater bay area.

The land and population of Macao is not big, but it is a cosmopolitan city with a global vision.In September this year, a delegation from the Ministry of Commerce of China with businessmen from Macao visited Brunei and held a joint mainland China-Macao investment promotion event in Brunei to explore opportunities for China-Brunei infrastructure cooperation.In March this year, the office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the Macao Special Administrative Region invited the Brunei Muara district officer to visit Macao and Guangdong province, showcasing development opportunities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The cooperation between Macao and Brunei is part of the development of China-Brunei relations.The cooperation between the two countries in the field of political, economic, cultural and others is getting closer and closer.In October, the Royal Brunei Airline resumed direct flights to Beijing.China-Brunei joint venture Hengyi PMB petrochemical project is now in smooth operation.The year 2020 is China-Brunei Tourism Year, and we are expecting more exchanges and cooperation.

We believe that the Macao SAR Government will accurately grasp the actual situation of Macao and the national development strategy, unite and lead its people from all walks of life, forge ahead in coordination, reform and innovation, create new splendor, and work with the country towards a better future.

Thank you!

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