Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), arrives at the Macao International Airport, in Macao, south China, May 8, 2017. Zhang started an inspection of the Macao Special Administrative Region on Monday. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
MACAO, May 8 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang on Monday arrived in the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) to begin his three-day inspection.
Zhang is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
Zhang's plane touched down around noon at the Macao International Airport where he was welcomed by Macao SAR Chief Executive Chui Sai On and the SAR's principal officials.
In a speech delivered at the airport, Zhang conveyed the sincere greetings and wishes from President Xi Jinping, the central government and people of all ethnic groups across the country to Macao compatriots.
Zhang said he would like to experience the glamour of Macao's success and to "walk, look around and listen" as much as possible so as to experience Macao's development, changes and achievements, and share the joy with local residents on Macao's economic growth, livelihood improvement and harmonious social progress since Macao's return to the motherland in 1999.
Zhang said President Xi has proposed wishes to Macao in four aspects during his tour here in 2014, marking the 15th anniversary of the region's return to China.
The central government also gave the chief executive requirement when he reported on his work in Beijing, Zhang said.
Zhang will be briefed by the SAR government on its work, and have extensive exchanges with Macao's all walks of life how the region implemented the instructions of President Xi, the requirement of the central government and all preferential policies offered by the central government.
Zhang said he has also come to cheer up and support Macao in its development, seek advices from Macao's all walks of life on its development and reiterate the central government's consistent determination in supporting Macao's development and maintaining its long-term prosperity and stability.