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China has some grand plans for the Shenzhen area, and they shine a light on their long-term strategy towards Hong Kong. The plan is to transform the area into a socialist example of global leadership and innovation. It’s part of Beijing’s plans to turn Greater Bay Areainto a mega-hub for growth – it currently accounts for 12% of the country’s GDP into a mega-hub for growth. The plans were released amid the rising tensions with Hong Kong this summer; meanwhile, Shenzhen’s economy surpassed Hong Kong’s for the first time in 2018, reaching HK$2.87 trillion compared to Hong Kong’s HK$2.85 trillion in the same year.
Why does this matter? In February, Beijing stated that it plans to integrate eleven regions within the Greater Bay Area, turning them into a large powerhouse. But after this summer’s unrest they might decide to reduce Hong Kong’s significance in the scheme.
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