Tara Joseph: Hong Kong is more than just a link in China’s regional development plans


Tara Joseph says while Hong Kong has an important role to play in China’s regional objectives like the Greater Bay Area and belt and road, it has unique characteristics that separate it from the rest of the nation, and the government must promote them to ensure a bright future.

"The ink has long since dried on Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s maiden policy address. Her 40-minute speech and the much longer online version have been thoroughly dissected, revealing multiple references to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its Greater Bay Area scheme.

This is not a big surprise. If you live in Hong Kong and follow the news, you are well aware of how Hong Kong emphasises its relevance to the belt and road scheme, China’s effort to create greater connectivity among Eurasian countries, and the development of the Greater Bay Area, linking Hong Kong with 11 southern Chinese cities."

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