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China's State Council calls for Shenzhen integration with Hong Kong, Macau

 

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Chinese paramilitary vehicles are parked at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen near the border with Hong Kong, China August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Martin Pollard

 

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's State Council has called for greater development of the southern city of Shenzhen and the integration of its culture and economy with neighbouring Hong Kong and Macau.

 

The directive comes as anti-government protests in Hong Kong threaten the status of the Asian financial hub.

 

Hong Kong, one of the world's busiest ports, is on the verge of its first recession in a decade as violent anti-government protests scare off tourists and bite into retail sales and investment.

 

The State Council 19-point directive, published in state-media outlet People's Daily, calls for Shenzhen's "economic strength and development" to rank among the best in the world by 2025, and a "global benchmark" by the middle of the century.

 

In the 1990s, market-oriented reforms and government support transformed Shenzhen from an ordinary Chinese village to a major hub for China's manufacturing and technology sectors.

 

The city now houses the global headquarters for Tencent, China's social media giant, and Huawei, the networking equipment maker that U.S. President Donald Trump effectively barred U.S. companies from supplying.

 

The directive called for the "modernisation of social governance" in Shenzhen via the "comprehensive application of big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other technologies."

 

It called for the integration of the culture and economy of Shenzhen with Hong Kong and Macao via funding for hospitals, joint disaster relief efforts and cultural exchanges, and to further develop the Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and "enrich the new practice of the 'one country, two systems' policy."

 

Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula that promised wide-ranging freedoms denied to citizens in mainland China, but many in the city believe Beijing has been eroding those freedoms.

 

Hong Kong's protests started as opposition to a now-suspended extradition bill to mainland China and have swelled into wider calls for democracy.

 

Last week China's paramilitary forces carried out exercises outside of a major sports stadium in Shenzhen, sparking speculation that they may be used in Hong Kong.

 

(Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Editing by Michael Perry)

 

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Hong Kong will never agree

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9 minutes ago, Geoffggi said:

Hong Kong will never agree

Sadly, at the end of the day, they will have no choice!

 

If the Chinese can transfer the activities of Hong Kong, and the economic benefits it brings to China, to Shenzhen, then they will turn the lights out.

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2 minutes ago, JAG said:

Sadly, at the end of the day, they will have no choice!

 

If the Chinese can transfer the activities of Hong Kong, and the economic benefits it brings to China, to Shenzhen, then they will turn the lights out.

But a big reason for Hong Kong's stature in the world of commerce is precisely because it plays by a different set of rules than does China.

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3 minutes ago, bristolboy said:

But a big reason for Hong Kong's stature in the world of commerce is precisely because it plays by a different set of rules than does China.

Yeah Taiwan will also be toast if China takes that over too...good for singapore finance i guess and other SEA countries in terms of manufacturing.

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https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/08/13/u-s-intelligence-positions-hong-kong-as-proxy-conflict-with-china-thankfully-president-trump-sees-trap/#more-168200

 

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Do we feel sympathy watching a once free society slip into the grips of an oppressive and totalitarian system now ruled by a communist dictator for life in Chairman Xi Jinping?  Sure we do.  But they made these choices decades ago… now they have the consequences.
If Hong Kong tries to resist Beijing, they will be crushed.  Hundreds more will be arrested and disappeared.  Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, will be killed.  There is already a ongoing flight of wealth out of Hong Kong as the smart and wealthy position their assets overseas to survive the arrival of Beijing’s storm troopers.
The future for Hong Kong is dark.  It is not going to end in anything resembling what exists today.  Hong Kong will be Beijing 2.0, and will be entirely dominated by Chinese authoritarian rule.  The difference in 2019 is the speed at which it is happening.
Things are speeding up now in direct proportion to the severity of the U.S. decoupling our economy from China.   As the Chinese economy weakens, Beijing will get more desperate.
Many voices around President Trump will cry out for intervention.  The UniParty will demand intervention and decry President Trump’s instinct to stay away from the self-made crisis.

When China got Hong Kong back in 1997 Hong Kong produced roughly 25% of China's GDP.. Now it is around 3% so China can take the gloves off without much damage to their total GDP. Anyone who thought China would abide by the agreed rules laid down by the 1997 transfer and let Hong Kong alone until 2047 was very myopic on world affairs and China in particular..

As far as a full blown war over Hong Kong IMO it will not happen so you can basically kiss The past Hong Kong goodbye once the Chinese communist make their move to settle things ... Do you think they will hesitate to kill and disappear hundreds and thousands of residents in Hong Kong ? I don't..

Good news is there will be many new organ donors so the prices should fall for new hearts, Kidneys, and Lungs coming out of China.(sarc)

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1 hour ago, JAG said:

Sadly, at the end of the day, they will have no choice!

 

If the Chinese can transfer the activities of Hong Kong, and the economic benefits it brings to China, to Shenzhen, then they will turn the lights out.

Everything but the legal system and individual rights. Those are the key issues that make HK attractive

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5 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Did anyone actually believe that China wouldn't renege on that agreement? No wonder anyone with sense is looking to escape to another country.

"Escape to another country" ??

How do people in Britain feel ? How about this ?
"Look, them Chinese in Hong Kong, we don't want them flooding into Britain. We already had a stack of Pakistanis and Indians leaving Uganda and turning up in Britain, ages ago. We don't want another invasion. They are an EX-British Empire place, why on earth should we let them into Britain ?".
"And anyway, we didn't take over an Empire, so that a bunch of foreigners can come to our shores".

Don't you reckon, lots of people in Britain feel this way ? So, the important thing is this, lots of people do feel "as long as they're not coming here, well, we don't really care".

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1 hour ago, 727Sky said:

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/08/13/u-s-intelligence-positions-hong-kong-as-proxy-conflict-with-china-thankfully-president-trump-sees-trap/#more-168200

 

When China got Hong Kong back in 1997 Hong Kong produced roughly 25% of China's GDP.. Now it is around 3% so China can take the gloves off without much damage to their total GDP. Anyone who thought China would abide by the agreed rules laid down by the 1997 transfer and let Hong Kong alone until 2047 was very myopic on world affairs and China in particular..

As far as a full blown war over Hong Kong IMO it will not happen so you can basically kiss The past Hong Kong goodbye once the Chinese communist make their move to settle things ... Do you think they will hesitate to kill and disappear hundreds and thousands of residents in Hong Kong ? I don't..

Good news is there will be many new organ donors so the prices should fall for new hearts, Kidneys, and Lungs coming out of China.(sarc)


Yeah, you're right, Hong Kong's economy has far less impact on China today, compared to previously.

Them kidneys, lungs and hearts coming out of mainland China. They're only usefull to Chinese who are in America and Europe. The body parts are useless to fahlang and all other races that are not Chinese. Do you really feel bad about how Chinese in America and Europe benefit from having the chance of getting new body parts from China ?

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44 minutes ago, tonbridgebrit said:

"Escape to another country" ??

How do people in Britain feel ? How about this ?
"Look, them Chinese in Hong Kong, we don't want them flooding into Britain. We already had a stack of Pakistanis and Indians leaving Uganda and turning up in Britain, ages ago. We don't want another invasion. They are an EX-British Empire place, why on earth should we let them into Britain ?".
"And anyway, we didn't take over an Empire, so that a bunch of foreigners can come to our shores".

Don't you reckon, lots of people in Britain feel this way ? So, the important thing is this, lots of people do feel "as long as they're not coming here, well, we don't really care".

 

Another country doesn't necessarily imply the UK. As for how people in the UK feel about it - doubt you've got a clue, or that you "quote" is based on anything much. Try harder.

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