A spokesperson in Beijing commented on the central government’s decision to demarcate the coastal waters of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR), saying it will boost the region’s development.
“The decision can help fully implement the ‘one country, two systems’ policy and the Basic Law of the MSAR,” said the spokesperson of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, adding it will help diversify Macau’s economy and boost co-operation between Macau and Guangdong.
The spokesperson said the central government and local government agencies will help Macau complete demarcation of its coastal waters before the end of next year.
The decision was announced by President Xi Jinping at a meeting with Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On during last week visit.
Historically, there has been no clear demarcation of the sea between Macau and Guangdong, and sometimes overlapping jurisdiction has caused problems in fighting maritime crime and ensuring navigation safety.(macaunews/macaupost)