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Greater Bay Area

Stop complaining and get involved in Bay Area plan, liaison office chief tells Hong Kong’s youth

Wang Zhimin says young Hongkongers should ‘synchronise’ their own development with Beijing’s agenda

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 November, 2017, 8:43pm
UPDATED : Friday, 03 November, 2017, 9:46pm

Beijing’s liaison chief in Hong Kong has called on the city’s youth to join in with the development of their region, instead of sitting back and complaining.

Wang Zhimin urged younger Hongkongers to get involved in the “entrepreneurs’ paradise” of the Greater Bay Area, the Beijing-backed economic development drive linking Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in Guangdong province.

“History will favour those who are determined, who strive and who unite for progress, and will not wait for those who hesitate, who are lazy and who are full of complaints,” Wang said at the opening ceremony of the Boao Youth Forum in the city on Thursday.

Young people in Hong Kong should “synchronise” their personal development with China’s agenda, he said.

Wang was appointed the head of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong in September, as his predecessor Zhang Xiaoming was promoted to be the top official on Hong Kong and Macau affairs in Beijing.

The Greater Bay Area scheme was one of the key policies to facilitate Hong Kong’s integration with China’s overall development plan set out by President Xi Jinping at the Communist Party’s 19th national congress in October.

Wang said the area should be “an entrepreneurs’ paradise, a larger performing stage and a common home” for the city’s younger generation.

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He said youngsters would not have to worry about the city being “marginalised” if they could uphold the “one country” principle and take advantage of “two systems” while living and working in the area.

One country, two systems is the name of the governing formula under which Hong Kong is ruled by Beijing but gets certain freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.

“When we benefit from the development of our country, enjoy our life and realise our dreams in this newer and bigger common home, we will definitely feel better and prouder than before,” Wang said.