HONG KONG – Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu will visit the mainland cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area very soon to strengthen cooperation between the cities in the 11-city cluster.

Hong Kong is deepening cooperation with Guangzhou and other cities in the Greater Bay Area, Lee said while meeting Guangzhou Mayor Guo Yonghang on Monday to exchange views on deepening cooperation between the two cities.

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"As the epidemic situation stabilizes and the travel between Hong Kong and the mainland has resumed, I will visit Guangdong province, particularly cities in the GBA very soon and discuss with the leaders of the province and its cities to bring the mutual cooperation to new heights,” he said.

Welcoming Guo and the visiting delegation after the full resumption of normal travel between Hong Kong and the mainland, the CE said both cities enjoy close geographical and cultural ties and maintain close cooperation among governments, the business sector, and the community.

The HKSAR government will proactively integrate into the overall development of the country and will fully leverage the unique advantages of Hong Kong with the strong support of the motherland and the city’s close connection with the world under the "one country, two systems" principle, he said.

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The HKSAR government will fully support Nansha to become a high-standard gateway for opening up within the Bay Area while boosting the city’s ties with Guangzhou in innovation and technology, finance, education, and youth innovation and employment, he added.