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Is Hong Kong losing touch with its openness?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 September, 2012, 10:22am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 September, 2012, 1:29pm

Is Hong Kong still the free harbour that embraces diversity and upholds openness, efficiency and pragmatism above all else? Recent changes in government policies and popular sentiments, such as Leung Chun-ying’s "Hongkongers only" housing scheme, the shelving of new multi-entry permits to more mainlanders, ethnic minorities' long struggle for permanent resident status, curbs on cross-border trading activities by mainland traders, all point towards a more walled-off, protective attitude. The majority of respondents to a recent SCMP.com poll also seem to agree. 

Are these natural defensive responses to a slowing economy, as well as stiffer economic competition and political threats from mainland China? Or are Hongkongers becoming too complacent and protective of their current way of life to seize more opportunities for advancing their beloved city? 



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I do think that HK is still a city of openness. Recently the gov have proposed several policies which some people think that it will hamper the image of HK of openness city.
First of all, the free economy approach only suitable to be adopt in a normal circumstance. Currently, the environment of HK is going to an extreme position. For instance, HK people can’t buy their necessity in a store, the price of property have met the new high. All those are affecting the livelihood of HK people. If the gov still do nothing, the situation will become even worse. Extreme things need extreme method to tackle, it is good to see that hk gov are putting their people at the top priority. Although it will contradict the definition of free economy, I do think it will just for a short time. While those problems can be solved, I am sure our GOV will bring everything to normal.


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