Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 20 – Below is the full message of Chairman of the China Hongkong & Macao Expatriate & Business Association of Cambodia Oknha Yum Sui Sang, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Macao's return to China:

On the auspicious occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the return of Macao to the China motherland, on behalf of the China Hong Kong & Macao Expatriate & Business Association of Cambodia, I would like to send a congratulatory message, expressing my best wishes for the wonderful Macao and the prosperous motherland!

Macao's return to the motherland is a great achievement for the history of the Chinese nation. Since December 20, 1999, Macao has embarked on a road of synchronized development with the motherland. In the past two decades, the principles of "one country, two systems", "Macao people governing Macao" and a high degree of autonomy have been fully implemented in Macao. With the strong support of the Central Government and the joint efforts of the Macao SAR Government and all sectors of society, Macao has achieved remarkable development, social stability and economic prosperity, with its residents living and working in peace and contentment and multiculture being well developed, becoming a successful model of "one country, two systems" practice.

Over the past 20 years, Macao has been closely connected with the motherland. With the strong support of the Central Government, it has made remarkable progress in various fields such as people's livelihood and economy. Macao's GDP increased from US$ 6.491 billion in 1999 to US$ 54.543 billion in 2018, an increase of nearly 7.5 times; per capita GDP rising from US$ 15,200 in 1999 to US$ 82,600 in 2018, registering number one in Asia and number two in the world, becoming one of the "richest" regions in the world. At the same time, promoting the sustainable development of the economy and using the development results to improve people's livelihood has also become a core concept of the successful practice of the "one country, two systems" with Macao characteristics.

Looking into the future, with the implementation of the strategy of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area , Macao will embrace new opportunities. We believe that Macao, the beautiful lotus flower of the motherland, would bloom with even more gorgeous and charming colors. The wonderful chapter of the times, which is being created by Macao, would also leave its mark on the monument of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.