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Central Coordination Group for Hong Kong and Macau Affairs

The Central Coordination Group for Hong Kong and Macau Affairs (Chinese: 中央港澳工作协调小组; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Gǎng Ao Gōngzuò Xiétiáo Xiǎozǔ) is an internal policy coordination group of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council of the People's Republic of China, reporting to the Politburo, in charge of supervising and coordinating Beijing's policy towards the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. The Group is the highest de facto body for China's policy towards Hong Kong and Macau.

Central Coordination Group for Hong Kong and Macau Affairs
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FormationAugust 1978
TypePolicy coordination and consultation body
  • Beijing
Han Zheng[1]
Deputy Leaders
Sun Chunlan
Yang Jiechi
You Quan
Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Chief
Zhang Xiaoming
Parent organisation
Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
SubsidiariesHong Kong and Macau Affairs Office

The Group was established on 17 August, 1978, though an informal Hong Kong-Macau affairs group had formed much earlier.[2] Its founding memo described the group's aim as "seek truth from facts, approach things appropriately according to the situation, do not assume what works in the mainland will work elsewhere, be flexible."

Since 2003, in order to deal with increasingly serious July 1 marches in Hong Kong, then Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) member and Vice President Zeng Qinghong became leader of the group in 2003, and China's policy towards the SARs undertook significant reforms. Most notably, the group enacted the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) and the Mainland and Macau Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, preferential trade agreements, and the Individual Visit Scheme, which allowed mainlanders to visit Hong Kong and Macau on an individual basis without having to apply for group visas or go through officially approved tour groups. Since 2003, the group has always been led by a member of the PSC.

The General Office for the group is also known as the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.

List of LeadersEdit

  1. Zeng Qinghong (2003–2007)
  2. Xi Jinping (2007–2012)
  3. Zhang Dejiang (2012–2018)
  4. Han Zheng (2018–present)

Current compositionEdit


  1. ^ Pomfret, James; Torode, Greg (August 30, 2019). "Exclusive: Amid crisis, China rejected Hong Kong plan to appease protesters - sources". Reuters. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  2. ^ "1978年8月12日 中央决定成立港澳小组". People's Daily.

See alsoEdit