The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, departed Chongqing for Xi'an today (September 26) and began her visit programme in Shaanxi Province.
After arriving in Xi'an, Mrs Lam, accompanied by the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Caspar Tsui, met with the Governor of Shaanxi Province, Mr Zhao Yide and attended a lunch hosted by him. Mrs Lam said that she was pleased to visit Shaanxi for the first time in the capacity of the Chief Executive and congratulated Shaanxi on the successful hosting of the 14th National Games. She expressed the hope that Shaanxi will share its valuable experience, enabling the Governments of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Guangdong Province and the Macao SAR to do a good job in hosting the 15th National Games in 2025. Noting that Shannxi is a key link for the Belt and Road Initiative of the nation with rich cultural history, she said that the two places can build on the close trade and economic ties to enhance collaboration to contribute to the Belt and Road Initiative and promote arts and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world. She said that the Hong Kong SAR Government set up the Shaanxi Liaison Unit in 2017 to act as a bridge to boost co-operation between the two places.
Mrs Lam and Mr Tsui then visited the Hong Kong track and field athletes participating in the 14th National Games at the Athletes' Village and exchanged views with them on sports development and training for athletes. She said that it is encouraging to have seen athletes striving for excellence with perseverance in the competitions. She pointed out that she announced last month a series of measures to support sports development in Hong Kong and expressed the hope that the athletes will continue their efforts in future competitions to bring glory home.
In the evening, Mrs Lam and Mr Tsui, together with the Chief Executive of the Macao SAR, Mr Ho Iat-seng and other officials of the Macao SAR, met with the Director of the General Administration of Sport of China, Mr Gou Zhongwen, and attended a dinner hosted by him. Mrs Lam congratulated the General Administration of Sport of China on the successful hosting of the 14th National Games and expressed gratitude for its support for the joint hosting of the 15th National Games by Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. She said that she hopes that the General Administration of Sport of China will continue to provide guidance and that the Hong Kong SAR will get fully prepared for its participation in the hosting of the National Games.
Mrs Lam will attend the closing ceremony of the 14th National Games tomorrow (September 27) in Xi'an, and participate in the Games' flag handover ceremony together with leaders of Guangdong Province and the Macao SAR.
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