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Culture chief explores collaboration

Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung today paid a courtesy call on Minister of Culture & Tourism Hu Heping in Beijing to exchange ideas and explore the direction of collaboration on culture and tourism development.   Mr Yeung said Hong Kong is positioned as an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange under the National 14th Five-Year Plan. Since its establishment, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau has been promoting the development and exchanges of arts and culture.   “Based on the principle of 'shaping tourism with cultural activities and promoting culture through tourism', we fulfil Hong Kong's roles as an international tourism hub and a core demonstration zone for multi-destination tourism, facilitating the integration into national development.   “The Minister of Culture & Tourism all along supports the Hong Kong SAR Government, offering policy support in culture and tourism development and providing appropriate assistance for the implementation of various projects.”   Mr Yeung said he hoped that through the meeting and exchanges, co-operation on culture and tourism between the Mainland and Hong Kong will be deepened.   Since its return to the motherland, Hong Kong has been all along been receiving support from the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA), including precious cultural artefacts that have been lent to Hong Kong for display.   Mr Yeung paid a courtesy call on NCHA Deputy Administrator Gu Yucai and expressed his hope to further exchanges and collaboration between the NCHA and the bureau.   He then attended the "Spring Tuneful Music: Five-piece Combo Special Concert by Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble" held at the Prince Kung's Palace Museum. He also talked to the Hong Kong music-performing group and learned about their performances and development in the Mainland.   Mr Yeung started the trip upon his arrival in Beijing yesterday afternoon by visiting the National Art Museum of China, which is the national art museum of plastic arts in China focusing on the collection, exhibition and research of Chinese contemporary artists' works.