Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), has acknowledged for the first time that the city’s capacity for mainland tourists is a matter of concern for the central government, the South China Morning Post reported Friday. Speaking at a closed meeting of Hong Kong delegates at the annual NPC session in Beijing, Zhang said the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the China National Tourism Administration should look at the issue with the Hong Kong government, the report said, citing sources at the meeting. The NPC chairman wanted to know what resources Hong Kong has, to ensure mainland visitors would have “worthwhile and happy” trips to the city, Ip Kwok-him, a local NPC deputy who was in attendance, was quoted as saying. Zhang was referring to the recent ill-tempered demonstrations by some Hong Kong people against mainland tourists, Ip said.
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