Liaison chief ensures two sessions message clear
David Wong notes that Wang’s publicly broadcast seminar was first such event, underlining importance of HK’s role in new era
Iwas privileged to be invited to a seminar on April 6 in which Wang Zhimin, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, gave an inspiring talk — “New Era, New Opportunity, New Development — Sharing on the Spirit of the 2018 Meetings of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference”. If I recall correctly, it is the first time a public sharing, with live broadcast, was made by the director on the two sessions.
Previously, it was often up to the media who only reported the gist of the meetings and was inevitably subject to some bias. Since the two sessions spanned two weeks with numerous speeches by many officials and individuals and many events and noteworthy moments, it is necessary and timely to have an authoritative recap of what had happened and what the people of Hong Kong should pay special attention to.
More important is that our country has entered a new era led by President Xi Jinping who emphasized that Hong Kong should be part of the national development, which is an improved path for the city to continue to develop under the “one country, two systems” framework. It has been more than 20 years since Hong Kong reunited with the motherland but there are still doubts and debates on how Hong Kong should move forward. Back in the 1990s, the British were adamant that Hong Kong should keep its uniqueness and maintain its distance from the Chinese mainland. The opposition have been echoing this view for years, calling for separation of Hong Kong and the mainland. Anyone with a sound mind would know that Hong Kong’s future lies with the mainland’s and the first chief executive Tung Chee-hwa has been frequently quoted as saying: “When the country is doing well, Hong Kong will do well”, but the recent new national policies make this idea all the more clear and concrete for everyone to see.
The rise in our country’s comprehensive national power, especially after the 18th Party Congress, is clear to the whole world. The national economy continues to grow and is set to exceed that of the United States in about a decade. Foreigners living on the mainland were surveyed. They regarded the high-speed rail, bicycle-sharing, online shopping and electronic payment as the four great recent inventions of China. Our naval power was on plain display during the recent large naval parade in the South China Sea, including the aircraft-carrier battle group, long-range bombers, nuclear submarines and destroyers. We are also leading the world on many technological fronts, such as quantum satellite communications, quantum computers, fifth-generation telecommunications networks, extraction of combustible ice and are home to the world’s fastest computers. Ask any of the 1.3 billion people living on the mainland and they will testify to these remarkable achievements and the huge rise in their standard of living.
The continuation of the reform and opening-up policy in the new era will create fresh opportunities and strategic support for Hong Kong to join in as part of the nation’s development. After all, Hong Kong has an excellent international business network and experience as well as a convergence of top-tier global talent. The city is in prime position to continue its role as a “super-connector” between the country and the world.
I believe the best possibility for Hong Kong is the Guangdong-Hong KongMacao Greater Bay Area development. This Bay Area is the most dynamic and open region of China and is home to more than 60 million people. At present, it already includes the historical commerce hub of Guangzhou, technological hub of Shenzhen, advancedmanufacturing city of Foshan, global financial center of Hong Kong and world-class entertainment city of Macao. This year three major infrastructure projects — the high-speed rail terminal in Hong Kong, the Hong KongZhuhai-Macao Bridge and Liantang/ Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point — are set to be completed, giving the Bay Area a huge boost. With such a strong background and remarkable recent achievements, the future of the Bay Area cannot be overestimated.
As noted by Wang, none of these accomplishments would be possible without the leadership of the Communist Party of China. For many years and for various reasons, many people in Hong Kong have remained either unfamiliar with or have many misconceptions for the nation’s ruling party. It is now time for Hong Kong society to comprehensively understand the CPC and its policies since the city’s development and people’s well-being hinge on it. Moreover, it is also crucial to the continued success of “one country, two systems” for decades to come.
Xi has repeatedly noted that we are closer than ever before to achieving the great revival of the Chinese nation. However, the road ahead will not be easy and some countries and people will try to stop us.
We need to be determined and do our jobs well, no matter how insignificant these may seem. Last but not least, we need to have faith in our nation, the ruling party and ourselves.