In his policy address last week, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying made it clear that "Hong Kong needs sustained economic growth to address issues such as poverty, housing, an ageing society, environmental protection and the upward mobility of our young people". Sound familiar? Yes, it is an elaboration of Deng Xiaoping's famous saying, "Development is an absolute principle".
When compared with Singapore, what's missing in Hong Kong's water policy is not water resources, but a long-term vision and determination to become a more responsible and self-reliant city. Why?
The Environment Bureau recently released Hong Kong's blueprint for sustainable use of resources for the 10 years to 2022, to deal with one of the city's burning issues - waste reduction - to recover valued resources after use and become a more sustainable society.