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Macau may lease Guangdong land

CHINA'S top legislature yesterday deliberated a draft bill that would give the Macau Special Administrative Region jurisdiction over 1.1 square kilometers of land on an island of the southern province of Guangdong for about 40 years.

The bill, submitted to the ninth session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress, proposed to ratify a draft bill offering jurisdiction of a part of Hengqin Island to Macau via leasing as the new site for the University of Macau.

The university, a public school with nearly 6,600 students, now occupies about 0.054 square kilometers in Macau.

The land in question is under the jurisdiction of Guangdong's Zhuhai City, which is separated from Macau by the Pearl River Estuary.

"Macau is too limited to offer land for the university's expansion," Zhou Bo, vice director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, told lawmakers.

He said the university's teaching facilities were too crowded for the school to develop. The State Council, or Cabinet, has approved the draft.

The move aims to "further support Macau to develop education and cultivate talent to promote a sound and fast development of the SAR," Zhou said. He said the university's jurisdiction over the new site would expire on December 19, 2049, but could be longer or shorter.

The new campus would be under the administration of the Macau SAR, accessible only from the Macau side through a special passage linking Macau and the island.

People would not be able to visit other parts of Hengqin Island from the campus.


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