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The 'Greater Bay Area' refers to the Chinese government's scheme to link the cities of Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing into an integrated economic and business hub.
Opportunities to participate in global governance and diplomacy will broaden young people’s horizons and deepen their understanding of China and the world. Hongkongers’ bilingual, bicultural capabilities are unique advantages amid tensions between China and the West.
China’s renewable energy industry is poised to make the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter a carbon-neutral country in less than four decades, and this city will play a key role in seeing it through to reality.
Every Hongkonger who moves away is a loss for family and friends, and for the city. While fewer may leave under the BN(O) visa scheme than Britain predicts, we need to create a better city for new talent and existing residents alike.
While the government’s push to revitalise manufacturing has waned, Covid-19 has shown the importance of diversification. More spending on research, commercialising its findings, and a clear policy direction that takes the Greater Bay Area into account, would help.
As the Greater Bay Area becomes a model of the country’s modernisation drive, Hong Kong will play a role in developing global innovation centres of science and technology, connecting China’s domestic and international circulations and as an offshore renminbi market
While Shenzhen now rivals Hong Kong on some economic indicators, catching up culturally will be harder. Shenzhen must continue to develop its own character and not simply be an abbreviation of Chinese progress.
The government must invest in projects employing local labour, to turn around public sentiment. Hong Kong can’t afford to wait for the free market to act, or for tourists to return. Other priorities include housing and the Greater Bay Area.
Those who want to work on the mainland will go, but the government should not expect a one-off policy to resolve anti-mainland sentiment among Hong Kong youths. Young people need to know the benefits and risks of working on the mainland.