Macao’s Chui vows to fully, correctly implement “one country, two systems”

 

 

A flag-raising ceremony is held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to the

motherland in Macao, south China, on December 20, 2014.   Photos by Lui Siu Wai

 

 

 

Macao’s Chui vows

to fully, correctly implement

“one country, two systems”

 

By Zhang Ning

 

Chui Sai On (崔世安), chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), said here on Saturday of December 20 that he will spare no effort in implementing the principles of “one country, two systems”, “Macao people governing Macao” and a high degree of autonomy.

Chui, in his inaugural address, also stressed the importance of full, comprehensive and correct understanding and implementation of the Basic Law.

“We will unswervingly support the national sovereignty, security and interests, and safeguard the long-term prosperity and stability of the Macao SAR,” Chui said.

He said Macao, a family member of China, has secured the foothold with the support of the motherland since its return 15 years ago.

In Macao, said the chief executive, the principle of “one country, two systems” is demonstrating its tremendous advantages and vitality.

“It proves that if our motherland fares well, so will Macao,” he added.

Chui was sworn in as the fourth-term chief executive of the Macao SAR on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

Administered by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chui Sai On is sworn in as the fourth-term chief

executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) at a celebration gathering marking

the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to the motherland in Macao on December 20, 2014.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the celebration gathering and the inauguration of the

fourth-term chief executive and government of the Macao SAR on Saturday morning.  

Photo by Zhang Duo

 

Administered by Chinese President Xi Jinping (right), Chui Sai On is sworn in as the

fourth-term chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR)

at a celebration gathering marking the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to the

motherland in Macao, south China, on December 20, 2014.    Photo by Li Tao

 

Led by Chui Sai On, the fourth-term chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative

Region (SAR), and administered by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the principal officials of

Macao’s fourth-term government and the new prosecutor general of the Public Prosecutions

Office are sworn in at a celebration gathering marking the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return

to the motherland in Macao, south China, on December 20, 2014.   Photo by Zhang Duo

 

Administered by Chui Sai On, the fourth-term chief executive of the Macao Special

Administrative Region (SAR), members of the executive council of Macao SAR are sworn in

at a celebration gathering marking the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to the motherland

in Macao, south China, on December 20, 2014.   Photo by Zhang Duo

 

Administered by Chui Sai On (1st R), the fourth-term chief executive of the Macao Special

Administrative Region (SAR), members of the executive council of Macao SAR are sworn in

at a celebration gathering marking the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to the motherland

in Macao, south China, on December 20, 2014.   Photo by Li Tao

 

Chui Sai On, the fourth-term chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region

(SAR), delivers a speech at an inauguration ceremony and a celebration gathering marking

the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to the motherland in Macao on December 20, 2014.   

Photo by Cheong Kam Ka

 

Chui Sai On, the fourth-term chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region

(SAR), delivers a speech at an inauguration ceremony and a celebration gathering marking

the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to the motherland in Macao on December 20, 2014.

Photo by Zhang Duo

 

 

Chief executive:

Macao to continue

economic adjustment

 

By Zhang Ning

 

Chui Sai On, the fourth-term chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region

(SAR), delivers a speech at an inauguration ceremony and a celebration gathering marking

the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to the motherland in Macao on December 20, 2014.

Photo by Lan Hongguang

 

Chui Sai On, chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), said here on Saturday of December 20 that the government will continue to give priority to stable economic development and orderly adjustment of the economic structure.

Chui, in his inaugural address as the fourth-term chief executive, pledged to push forward the region’s economic diversification.

“Adequate economic diversification is the inevitable choice and long-term strategy for the development of Macao’s economy,” said the chief executive.

Chui stressed the importance of the top level design of establishing the region as a world tourism and leisure center.

The region is adjusting the scope of the gaming industry, promoting integrated tourism, cultivating new and emerging industries including the convention and exhibition business, said the chief executive.

He said Macao must secure its role as a service platform for commercial and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, become thoroughly involved in international interactions, and integrate local development into China’s growth.

Chui said he fully understands Macao people’s expectation for quality living and healthy growth of their younger generation.

“We are accountable to prioritizing the enhancement of people’s well-being, expediting the development to make Macao a liveable city with favorable working environment,” he said.

Chui, 57, was sworn in on Saturday as the fourth-term chief executive of the Macao SAR. He won a sole-contender reelection on Aug. 31, and was later appointed by China’s central government.

 

 

 

 

PROFILE

Chui Sai On,
Macao’s fourth-term chief executive

By Chen Jian

Chui Sai On was sworn in on Saturday of December 20 as the fourth-term chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR).

Born in Macao in 1957, Chui comes from a well-off and politically well-connected local clan. He completed his secondary education at the Ling Nam School in Macao, and continued his studies in the United States.

Chui graduated from the California State University of Sacramento with a bachelor degree in community health with honor. He then obtained his master degree and doctor degree of public health at the University of Oklahoma.

Before the establishment of the SAR, he had served as a directly-elected lawmaker on the Fifth Legislative Assembly from 1992 to 1996.

He also played an active role in various local community organizations, such as Executive Director of the Macao Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association, Honorary President of the Macao Nursing Association and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Macao Association for the Mentally Handicapped, before 1999.

Chui won a sole-contender reelection on Aug. 31, and was later appointed by China’s central government as the fourth-term chief executive of the Macao SAR.

At a press conference after the vote, Chui said that winning the re-election is the start to embrace new challenges for Macao as well as to implement his election program.

He pledged to fully devote himself to implementing the principle of “one country, two systems,” while improving Macao people’s livelihood.

Macao’s gross domestic product (GDP) reached 413.47 billion patacas (51.76 billion U.S. dollars) in 2013, which could be translated into 87,000 U.S. dollars of GDP per capita, the second highest in Asia and the fourth in the world.

Chui served as the SAR government’s secretary for social affairs and culture ever since the establishment of the Macao SAR in 1999.

He succeeded Ho Hau Wah as the SAR’s third-term chief executive for a five-year tenure after winning an election in 2009.

Over the past five years, Chui has been trying to diversify Macao’s economy by lessening the SAR’s heavy dependence on the casino gaming and developing other industries of cultural creativity, convention and exhibition, as well as tourism featuring hotels, food and restaurants, retailing and cultural heritage.

Following the swear-in ceremony on Saturday, Chui said the SAR government will continue to give priority to stable economic development and orderly adjustment of the economic structure.

 

 

 

 

Photo taken on December 20, 2014 shows a lotus sculpture at the landmark Lotus Square

in Macao, south China. A ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return

to the motherland was held here on Saturday.    Photo by Lui Siu Wai

 

 

BACKGROOUNDER

Macao Special Administrative Region

By Chen Jian

Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the inauguration of the fourth-term government of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) here on Saturday morning of December 20.

The following are some basic facts about the Macao SAR:

China officially resumed the exercise of sovereignty over Macao on Dec. 20, 1999, when the Macao SAR was established and the SAR’s constitutional document, the Basic Law, came into force on the same day.

The Basic Law lays down a political and administrative framework of the Macao SAR. Under the principles of “one country, two systems” and “Macao people governing Macao,” the SAR exercises a high degree of autonomy in line with the Basic Law.

Due to land reclamation along its coastline, Macao has grown in land area from 23.8 square km in 1999 to 31.3 square km. Macao has a population of over 630,000, with a population density of 18,900 per square km, and the northern part of the SAR is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Though a small economy, Macao pursues an open economic policy. It has one of the lowest tax regimes in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, as a free port and a separate tariff zone, which has no foreign exchange controls, Macao is also an active player in the regional economy.

Firstly legalized in the mid-19th century, Macao’s casino gaming has developed a very close relationship with the tourism industry and become a pillar of local economy.

In 2002, the government of the Macao SAR liberalized the gaming industry, bringing new momentum to Macao’s gaming sector and the entire economy. With the influx of foreign direct investment in the sector, the gross revenues of Macao’s gaming industry increased to 361.87 billion patacas (45.33 billion U.S. dollars) in 2013 from 14 billion patacas in 1999.

Macao’s gross domestic product (GDP) reached 413.47 billion patacas (51.76 billion U.S. dollars) last year from 50.27 billion patacas in 1999, with an average annual growth of 16.2 percent. The GDP per capita jumped from 15,000 U.S. dollars in 1999 to 87,000 dollars in 2013, which ranks the second highest in Asia and the fourth in the world.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate has dropped from 6.3 percent upon Macao’s return to China in 1999 to 1.7 percent. The average monthly income has tripled to 15,000 patacas from 4,920 patacas and the life expectancy of local citizens has risen from 80.7 years in 1999 to 85, the second longest in the world.

Aside from casinos, the SAR is also a popular travel destination. The SAR recorded some 29.3 million visitor arrivals in 2013.

Macao boasts the unique assimilation and co-existence of Chinese and Western cultures. The Historic Center of Macao, a collection of over 20 locations, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005, making it the 31st designated World Heritage site in China.

 

 

 

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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s wife Peng Liyuan (center) visits the Family House of Zheng

Guanying with the company of Fok Wai Fun (left), wife of the Macao Special Administrative

Region’s chief executive Chui Sai On, in south China’s Macao, on December 20, 2014. Zheng

Guanying, a late-Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) philosopher and writer, completed his acclaimed

masterpiece Words of Warning in Times of Prosperity in the complex.   Photo by Wang Ye

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s wife Peng Liyuan (right) appreciates the performance of the

Cantonese Naamyam, a narrative folk singing popular in the Pearl River Delta region, during

her visit to the Family House of Zheng Guanying with the company of Fok Wai Fun (2nd from

right), wife of the Macao Special Administrative Region’s chief executive Chui Sai On, in south

China’s Macao, on December 20, 2014.   Photo by Wang Ye

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s wife Peng Liyuan (3rd from right) talks with artists of the

Cantonese Naamyam, a narrative folk singing popular in the Pearl River Delta region, during

her visit to the Family House of Zheng Guanying with the company of Fok Wai Fun (3rd from

left), wife of the Macao Special Administrative Region’s chief executive Chui Sai On, in south

China’s Macao, on December 20, 2014.    Photo by Wang Ye

 

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Photo taken on December 20, 2014 shows a cocktail reception is held to celebrate the

15th anniversary of Macao’s return to China, in Macao, south China.    Photo by Qin Qing

 

The Macao Special Administrative Region’s chief executive Chui Sai On speaks

at a cocktail reception held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to China,

in Macao, south China, on December 20, 2014.   Photos by Qin Qing

 

The Macao Special Administrative Region’s chief executive Chui Sai On makes a toast

at a cocktail reception held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to China,

in Macao, south China, on December 20, 2014.   Photo by Qin Qing

 

 

 

 

A fireworks show is held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to China

in Macao, south China, on December 20, 2014.   Photos by Liu Jiansheng

 

A fireworks show is held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Macao’s return to China

in Macao, south China, on December 20, 2014.   Photos by Lui Siu Wai

 

 

 

 

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