Macau's plans get off the ground: The Chinese are backing a new airport that will compete with Hong Kong. Robin Mead reports

AS Hong Kong's new Governor, Chris Patten, struggles to reach agreement with China over the colony's proposed Chek Lap Kok airport, and who is going to pick up the dollars 6bn ( pounds 3.1bn) bill, the Chinese are quietly going ahead with plans that could lead to an aerial traffic jam within the next two or three years.

HK airport disputr worsens

PEKING (Reuter) - China yesterday intensified a bitter dispute with Britain over the dollars 21bn ( pounds 11bn) scheme for a new Hong Kong airport. The project could become a 'tiger's mouth' swallowing the wealth of the colony's people, in the words of Chen Zuoer, a senior official with the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.

China criticises HK on talks

HONG KONG (Reuter) - A senior Chinese official has accused Hong Kong of disclosing details of Sino-British talks over deadlocked financing for the colony's new airport. 'The British Hong Kong officials have unilaterally announced some contents of the talks. This will easily stir up controversy . . . ,' the pro-Peking Wen Wei Po newspaper quoted Wang Fengchao, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, as saying.
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