Fu expressed his gratitude for the help the mainland provided after a devastating earthquake that hit Hualien in early February. He said the county would continue to uphold the "1992 Consensus" and expand cooperation with the mainland.
Tourists from 26 countries including Austria, Britain, Canada, the United States, South Korea and Russia are eligible for a visa-free stay in Hainan, which will be extended to over 50 countries in the near future, officials said.
Xi's speech highlighted Hainan's special advantages -- including its status as China's biggest SEZ, its unique geographic location and the best ecological environment in the country, as reasons to make it a test ground for reform and opening up.
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said his country would like to strengthen its traditional friendship with China, and he hopes for greater development in the Kuwait-China friendship.
Hainan province, which is the country's only provincial-level special economic zone, will accelerate the building of an open economy, advance international industrial cooperation and enhance the development of service businesses as a national pilot zone, according to local senior officials.
The most recent previous amendment, in 2004, protected private property and human rights and gave the Theory of Three Represents constitutional authority.