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Friday, December 22, 2017, 22:55
XRL co-location plan gains support from NPCSC members
By Xinhua & chinadailyasia.com
Friday, December 22, 2017, 22:55 By Xinhua & chinadailyasia.com

A booklet of the co-location arrangement of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link is seen at the Central Government Offices, Tamar on July 25, 2017. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG / BEIJING - The co-location arrangement for the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) has been supported by the National People's Congress Standing Committee.

Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen made the statement after attending the committee's group deliberation meeting in Beijing on Friday.

Committee members on Friday discussed an explanation of a draft decision on the co-location arrangement. A vote will be held on December 27.

According to the explanation, a port will be established at the railway station in West Kowloon in Hong Kong, which is part of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

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Yuen said each member who spoke during the meeting supported implementing the co-location arrangement at West Kowloon Station.

The explanation states that the mainland and the HKSAR will, in accordance with their respective laws, carry out exit and entry supervision at the port, including immigration inspection, customs regulation, and inspection and quarantine measures on departure and arrival for people traveling between the mainland and Hong Kong SAR, as well as their personal belongings and luggage.     

The cooperation arrangement was signed between the mainland and the HKSAR last month, marking the first in a three-step process by the two sides.     

According to the explanation, the second step is for the NPC Standing Committee to deliberate and approve the arrangement, after which the two sides can begin the local legislative process to implement the arrangement.     

The explanation said establishing one-stop boundary control is fully consistent with the "one country, two systems" policy and the Constitution.     

It also complies with the Basic Law of HKSAR as it will not change the administrative plan of the Hong Kong SAR and will not impair the rights and freedom of Hong Kong residents.     

The Hong Kong section of the XRL is scheduled to open in the third quarter of next year.     

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