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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.
Among Hong Kong’s many advantages, its unique blend of teeming urban humanity and pristine natural wilderness is too often overlooked. If we must eat away at our green spaces and country parks, do so knowing that we compromise our natural heritage at our peril.
Hong Kong’s laws may offer protections, but they have also been holding back development for decades. It is time our officials updated their ways and mainlandised how they think, to better serve the people and achieve the government’s goals.
Qianhai’s expansion underlines Beijing’s preference for slow and steady, baby-step reforms. With its potential role in the development and adoption of regulations and institutions that can integrate the region as a whole, the Qianhai plan is a step in the right direction.
As Greater Bay Area cities brag about their strengths, what about enabling unfettered movement of workers in the region and harmonising tax arrangements? We have much to learn from the EU, where leaders have found common ground on developing shared practices while protecting local autonomy.