Chinese State Council calls for greater integration of Shenzhen with Hong Kong and Macau
China’s State Council has called for greater integration of the city of Shenzhen with the neighbouring special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.
The State Council is the executive branch of the Chinese Government, and its directive comes amid protests against Beijing’s perceived interference with Hong Kong’s political and economic autonomy.
In a 19-point directive published by the state-run People’s Daily, the State Council called for Shenzhen’s “economic strength and development” to rank among the best in the world by 2025, and become a “global benchmark” by 2050.
The State Council’s plan for integration of the city with Hong Kong and Macao includes funding for hospitals, joint disaster relief efforts and cultural exchanges to “enrich the new practice of the ‘one country, two systems’ policy.”
During the 1990s Shenzhen was transformed from a village to a major manufacturing and technology hub through market-oriented reforms and government support. It is now home to the headquarters of telecommunications equipment giant Huawei and Chinese social media company Tencent.
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