China News Service, Hong Kong, October 19th. Title: Interview with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam: "One Country, Two Systems" is the biggest complementary advantage of Hong Kong and Shenzhen
China News Agency reporter Liu Chenyao
"I was sitting on the stage listening to President Xi’s speech, and what impressed me most were two words, one is persistence and the other is reform." After being invited to attend the 40th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, after listening to President Xi Jinping’s important speech , The Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam accepted an exclusive interview with a reporter from China News Agency in the reception room of Government House in Hong Kong.
Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, accepts an exclusive interview with China News Agency "China Focus Face to Face".
Photo by China News Agency reporter Zhang Wei
In Carrie Lam's view, the development from a border town 40 years ago to a world miracle today is the central government's insistence on building the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.
Adhering to "one country, two systems", insisting on being a part of the People's Republic of China, and insisting on safeguarding national security are the more determined persistence of Hong Kong, which has suffered through the past year.
Their respective goals, the same beliefs, coupled with the help of reform and opening up, have connected the two cities that were originally only separated by a river.
Looking back on the relationship between the two cities over the past few decades, Carrie Lam believes that in the 40 years of Shenzhen’s reform and opening up, Hong Kong has been an active participant in the initial investment, factory setting, and manufacturing; after certain development, it will help Shenzhen build a platform to connect with the world. , Hong Kong is a good contact.
Nowadays, the attraction of investment and talents by high-tech technology has made Shenzhen's capital vitality ranked first in the country in 2019, and its gross domestic product (GDP) has surpassed Hong Kong for two consecutive years.
According to a recent report issued by the China (Shenzhen) Comprehensive Development Research Institute, Shenzhen’s GDP growth rate is expected to reach 6.5% in the next five years, and the final consumption scale will be second only to Beijing and Shanghai.
The growing strength of neighbors does not make Carrie Lam worry about the future of Hong Kong.
She said that "one country, two systems" is the biggest complementary advantage of Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Carrie Lam explained that Hong Kong already had a certain foundation 40 years ago. Shenzhen has solved Hong Kong’s difficulties in land and human resources. Therefore, Hong Kong can develop into a global international financial center, trade center, and shipping center in the past few decades. .
Now the two places are developing technological innovation. Hong Kong’s advantage is that it has top universities and scientific research capabilities, while Shenzhen’s advanced manufacturing industry can transform it into business.
In addition, Hong Kong retains its own legal system and is in line with international standards. Its free capital flow and monetary policy will also provide a good impetus for Shenzhen's further development.
"The central government gives us support, and the cooperation between the two places will be more dynamic." Carrie Lam revealed that the construction drawings for the next step of cooperation between Hong Kong, Shenzhen and even Hong Kong and the entire Mainland will be included in the new one after going to Beijing to obtain support from the central government. Copy of the "policy address."
Regarding further interconnection of finance, working with Shenzhen to build an international technological innovation center, and enhancing the vision of Hong Kong International Airport as a Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay aviation hub, she will make every effort in the scope of her discussions with relevant central ministries and commissions during her trip. Grasp the opportunities brought to Hong Kong by the new era of reform and opening up.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, and it is also the 40th year that Carrie Lam has been in politics.
The seventh large-scale land port between Hong Kong and Shenzhen opened this summer, the Liantang (Heung Yuen Wai) port project, was led by Carrie Lam when she was the Director of the Development Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
"Every time I see a project that I have participated in can be successfully completed, it is a great satisfaction, especially since these tasks are beneficial to the people." Carrie Lam also participated in the Lok Ma Chau Loop in Huize, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The district's technological innovation planning and the management of Shenzhen River, mentioning that the current Lok Ma Chau Loop has been established and the Shenzhen River has no pollution, she smiled sincerely.
Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that as the Chief Executive, the scope of her influence on promotion is much wider than that of the Secretary for Development. She hopes that in the future, Hong Kong-Shenzhen cooperation can be promoted to a new level in terms of technological innovation, culture and art, and youth exchanges. Steps.
In addition to the role of chief executive, as a woman, Carrie Lam is also a wife and mother.
The social events in the past year have not only caused her as the chief executive, but also her family members under great pressure and a lot of grievances. However, the family members have always silently supported her: "They said that we will definitely support 100% of what you do. We don’t need to ask what you are doing and what your considerations are, because we are not a member of the Legislative Council, we are not a media, and we are your closest and trusted family members.” Mentioned husband and son With low-key and silent support, Carrie Lam couldn't help being moved.
As a "dual chief executive" Chief Executive, Carrie Lam is not only responsible to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, but also to the Central People's Government.
It was through the most difficult moment of the past year that she even more firmly believed that the promulgation and implementation of the "Law on the Maintenance of National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China" is vital to the future development of Hong Kong.
"We are really honored to be able to take on this very important historical task at this moment, and we hope that this can be done well." There were no azaleas in full bloom in the Government House in October, and the afternoon sun was also restored. The curtains covered it, but when she said this, Carrie Lam smiled, her tone was firm, her eyes were torch.