This Oct 18, 2017 photo shows people dressed in Red Army uniforms performing to celebrate the opening of the 19th Party Congress in Yiyang in China's central Jiangxi province. (PHOTO / AFP)
HONG KONG – Ties between Hong Kong and the southern interior province of Jiangxi strengthened on Wednesday with the inauguration ceremony of the first committee members of Hong Kong Federation of Jiangxi Associations at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
A group of leading Hong Kong-based Jiangxi families established the association in an effort to fortify political, economic and cultural ties between the two regions.
Wang Zaixin – chairman of the Hong Kong-listed real-estate developer Hydoo International Holding – was nominated as the first chairman of the association on the founding day.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Wang said he is very dedicated to lead the association in three major aspects: fully and faithfully implement the “one country, two systems” principle; boost economic ties between the two regions, further leverage Hong Kong’s strength as a financial center in Jiangxi corporates’ global push; and provide working, traveling and living convenience for all association members, creating a closely knit community that makes all Jiangxi people feel at home.
Distinguished guests attending the ceremony includedthe vice chairman of the Twelfth National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Tung Chee-hwa; governor of Jiangxi province Liu Qi; director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong Wang Zhimin and Chief Secretary for AdministrationMatthew Cheung Kin-chung.
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Ties between Jiangxi and Hong Kong date back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279) when the clans of Wen, Deng and Peng migrated from the province to Hong Kong. Today, more than 10,000 Hong Kong residents are from Jiangxi province.