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  1. Thank you for your article and the rcrnfeeee to TVB’s 時事新聞節目 新雙城記 . I have not watched the latter, but my sense is that:* The success of Shanghai exemplifies what new China can do as the world’s emerging economic power-house. The 100% made-in-China success of Shanghai is the success of the new China. Many might argue that the past and future success of HK may not be attributed 100% to mainland China.* Many Shanghai ppl fled China after WW II and again during the hardship years in the 50’s/60’s (e.g. the Great Leap Forward and the departure of Soviet personnel/support). In fact, North Point was at one point nicknamed小上海. So, it is possible that some Chinese decision-makers might wish to reward the “loyal” Shanghainese who have chosen to stay behind during highs and lows, for better or worse.* Some decision-makers in China might still see the HK ppl as “different”, in terms of their political orientation and thinking. One would recall that colonial HK was being labelled as 大毒草 during the Cultural Revolution.* When China was being isolated behind the so-called “bamboo curtain”, HK was one of its economic and political portal. During the post-war period up to the 80’s, both Britain and China derived benefits from the prosperity of HK (e.g. the outflow of HK Dollars to deal with the devaluation of the British pounds) and its free-port status (e.g. China’s access to western currencies thru import/export). However, with China being recognized by Canada and rest of the western world, the usefulness of HK has decreased slowly. As China continues to open up its factories and ports for international trade and investments, HK is forced to choose its niche market (in order to be useful and survive), retreating first from manufacturing, to import/export, then to financial services. To complicate matters, there are also competitions from Singapore and other parts of Asia.* Given the current political structure, one would assume HK ppl would all think of themselves as part of the make-China-strong team as opposed to make-HK-strong team. However, there are historical baggage and political movements to deal with, and that too is reality.* Comparing HK to Shanghai is in many ways underestimating the influence and power-base of the “national” city. Perhaps, HK should re-examine its role of SAR and put itself in the pants of decision-makers in the centre and ask the questions: —- What are the strengths of HK in terms of infrastructure, knowledge, technology and know-how, etc? —- What are the usefulness of HK to each of the government Ministry nationally and regionally (commerce, foreign affairs, industry, education, defence, ….etc) ?* Possible usefulness might include (thinking in and out of the box here): A pilot-test ground for Chinese-style democracy? An alternate southern port to Shanghai (in case of emergency/disruption, or simply to even out the loads and take advantage of the high-speed train system)? A bridgehead to beat China’s BRIC competitors? A southern hub for training provincial business ppl and govt officials? A east-meet-west arts and performance centre-of-excellence to develop and export China’s cultural industry abroad (the so-called “US cultural imperialism” aside, isn’t this what Bollywood is doing)? So much blue-skying for now !!!

    Heajin

    10 Oct 15 at 8:11 pm

  2. Essays like this are so important to broadening people’s horizons.

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