Greater Bay Area

Southern China's megalopolis
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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.

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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.
SCMP ColumnistPeter Kammerer
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A north-south railway line should be added to the plan so that the population in the north can travel directly to southern urban areas, says Chiu Kam-kuen of Cushman & Wakefield.
The rule of law, free flow of information, economic freedom, growth opportunities and good governance are what foreign firms seek
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Hong Kong needs bold, innovative planning that puts people first and promotes social inclusiveness and collaboration from the bottom up to make the Qianhai plan a success.
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Hong Kong authorities’ dedication to the cause of promoting and enforcing national security is impressive. So why have successive governments been unable to address the city’s deep-rooted problems?
SCMP ColumnistPeter Kammerer
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New and broad plans being rolled out within the Greater Bay Area will deepen and widen the mutual access of Hong Kong and Shenzhen in the financial markets.
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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.
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As Hong Kong marks more than 21 days with no local Covid-19 infections, the question is when will quarantine-free travel be able to resume?
Carrie Lam speaks of a prosperous future while the city faces a demographic emergency. How does she plan to replenish a population declining by the thousands?
SCMP ColumnistPeter Kammerer
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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.
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