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Integrating with the mainland won’t diminish Hong Kong’s role

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When the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge opened a couple of weeks ago, it was hailed as an engineering marvel. It also met with some criticism from people who doubt the project is worth the considerable cost.

Perhaps these two views are related. As an infrastructure project, the bridge links places separated by nearly 40km of water, while keeping sea lanes open for shipping. It is the longest such fixed link in the world. In addition, it is designed to last 120 years. Obviously, this is expensive – but the economic and other benefits will be enjoyed by generations to come.

One sign of the bridge’s importance is that the opening ceremony was attended by President Xi Jinping, as well as many other local and national leaders. This is because the bridge is seen as a major boost to the Greater Bay Area concept. This plan is aimed at further integrating nine cities in Guangdong province, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan and Zhongshan, as well as the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. The total population of the region is nearly 68 million.

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