Top Macau official Zheng Xiaosong dead after fall from building

China set to open world’s longest sea bridge to Hong Kong & Macau

The bridge was due to open in 2016, but repeated delays due to construction issues, budget overruns and safety issues, pushed it back to this year.

The world's longest sea-bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China will be launched October 24, at a time when Beijing seeks to tighten its grip on its territories. Most drivers will have to park at the Hong Kong port, switching to shuttle bus or special hire cars.

The incredible bridge links Hong Kong's Lantau island to Zhuhai on the southern coast of Guangdong province and Macau, a popular tourist destination for Chinese visitors.

Like neighboring Hong Kong, Macau operates under China's "one country, two systems" policy and is ruled by a chief executive, who is chosen via an election but must get approval from Beijing to formally take office.

Image via You Tube  CGTN
Image via You Tube CGTN

The construction of the multibillion-dollar bridge had begun in December 2009.

Zheng Xiaosong, the director of China's liaison office in semiautonomous Macau, was suffering from depression, according to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of China's State Council.

"Hong Kong has had to fund a lot of the bridge, but we won't see many benefits here", Mo said. The Pearl River Delta is home to an endangered Chinese white dolphin population that has been buffeted by massive land reclamation efforts in Hong Kong and other cities.

Guo finished by speculating that Chinese officials from its public security services and the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection could also face danger in the future. Seven workers died in constructing the bridge, and another 275 were injured.

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