Hu urges SARs to boost economy, advance democracy

2008-03-06 05:01:56 Xinhua English

Chinese President Hu Jintao speaks during meeting with deputies to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) as well as members of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Macao SAR at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (C front) meets with deputies to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) as well as members of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Macao SAR at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao urged Hong Kong and Macao to seek further progress in economic and democratic development in the two special administrative regions (SAR) on Thursday.

Meeting 280 deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and members of the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from Hong Kong and Macao, Hu said he hopes both SAR governments would work hard to develop their economies, improve people's livelihood, advance democracy and promote social harmony in a tolerant and reconcilable social atmosphere.

"It has been proven by history that the principle of 'one country, two systems' ... is absolutely correct, and our compatriots from Hong Kong and Macao have the wisdom and capability to pursue a better future in the two regions," he said.

"A strong nation of China is a backup force for the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao," Hu pledged.

The President also expressed his gratitude to Hong Kong and Macao people, who made great contributions in helping the inland people combat this year's severe winter weather disasters.