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Vice Premier Li meets businessmen, professionals over cooperation between mainland, HK

08-17-2011 14:57 BJT

HONG KONG, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, who began a three-day visit to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Tuesday, had a tea gathering with some 30 Hong Kong-based business people and professionals, listening to their views on Hong Kong's future development and economic cooperation between China's mainland and Hong Kong.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (C) speaks during a tea gathering with Hong Kong-based businesspeople and professionals in Hong Kong, south China, Aug. 16, 2011. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

Li said business people and professionals have long played an irreplaceable role in Hong Kong's development. He hoped that they continue playing their parts and contributing to Hong Kong's prosperity.

Li also mentioned that the mainland will further open up to Hong Kong's service industry, which will help boost service cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong.

Heads of Hong Kong's major business associations joined in the tea gathering and gave their views.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R, Front) shakes hands with an attendee during a tea gathering with Hong Kong-based businesspeople and professionals in Hong Kong, south China, Aug. 16, 2011. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

The meeting was quite practical, with topics mainly focusing on trade and industrial issues, Vice Chairman of Hong Kong China Chamber of Commerce Fang Fang told Xinhua.

Fang said he put forward his own suggestions, including making full use of Hong Kong's capital market and well-educated personnel, encouraging more mainland enterprises to set up headquarters in Hong Kong as well as more Hong Kong youth to start their own business on the mainland.

Other groups present included the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association and British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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