The State Council, China’s cabinet, has approved a plan to expand the territory under Macau’s jurisdiction to 85 square kilometers from 30 sq km, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
The marine area managed by the special administrative region will extend eastward and southward, and the land where the Border Gate building is located, which it rents from the adjoining city of Zhuhai in Guangdong province, will now be included in the SAR, it said.
Fernando Chui Sai-on, chief executive of Macau, was quoted as saying the city will apply to the central government for approval of land reclamation in its expanded waters if needed in the future.
However, no casino projects will be allowed in the extended area.
The expanded territory will greatly promote further development of Macau, help speed up the diversification of the city’s economy and add new energy to its sustainable development, Chui said.
Analysts say the significance of the expansion is as great as that of the opening-up of Macau’s gambling industry in 2001.
Some experts say that the expanded marine area will allow Macau to extend its land area by reclamation and to develop maritime shipping and water leisure projects.
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