China News Service, Hong Kong, August 19 (Reporter Zeng Ping) The "14th Five-Year Plan" approved during the National Two Sessions this year is an important document for China to embark on a new journey of building a modern socialist country in an all-round way.
In a recent interview with a reporter from China News Agency, a number of Hong Kong scholars believed that Hong Kong can play an active role in the new development pattern of the "dual cycle", and the SAR must seize the opportunity to integrate into the country's major construction to have a future.
Starting from the "Eleventh Five-Year Plan" outline, Hong Kong has been included in the overall framework of national development. The content and space of Hong Kong mentioned in each subsequent five-year plan outline has gradually increased.
"This reflects the country's care and attention to Hong Kong." Chen Qingquan, the first academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Hong Kong and honorary professor of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Hong Kong, known as the "Father of Asian Electric Vehicles", told reporters.
The "14th Five-Year Plan" period is the first five years of China's march toward the second centenary goal.
In Chen Qingquan's view, the "14th Five-Year Plan" outline is a milestone, marking the country's entry into a new stage of development.
"We must seize the opportunity of integrating into the country's construction to have a future for Hong Kong." He said that as a highly modernized cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong has the ability and advantages to contribute to the development of the country.
The construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is an immediate opportunity for Hong Kong to give full play to its strengths and contribute to the needs of the country.
"The Greater Bay Area has entered the national strategy, and the country is determined to build the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area into the world's most beautiful Greater Bay Area." Chen Qingquan has repeatedly mentioned that there are four major elements required to become an international innovation and technology center, including Well-known universities and scientists, large-scale applied research institutes, enterprises and markets, and finance, Hong Kong has advantages in universities and finance, while Mainland Chinese cities in the Greater Bay Area have strengths in the other two areas, and the cooperation between the two has broad prospects.
Chen Qingquan has higher expectations for Hong Kong's role.
He believes that Hong Kong's financial function should be further improved for the construction of an international innovation and technology center in the Greater Bay Area in order to achieve precise investment in high technology.
The "14th Five-Year Plan" outline also proposes to support Hong Kong in upgrading its status as an international financial, shipping, trade center and international aviation hub.
Shen Jianfa, a professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said that Hong Kong is now the world's leading shipping center. The Hong Kong International Airport is building a third runway, which will enhance its ability to quickly transport high-value cargo.
Corresponding to the shipping service industry, including financing, management, insurance, etc., Hong Kong also has a good foundation.
"In the past, present, and in the future, Hong Kong is part of the entire Greater Bay Area economic system." Shen Jianfa said that the main function of Hong Kong's trade and logistics is to serve the Greater Bay Area, where a large number of cross-border economic activities are carried out.
As market demand is still increasing, airports and container terminals in Guangzhou and Shenzhen have developed strongly in recent years. After the development of the infrastructure in the Greater Bay Area, the development of the logistics industry and the aviation industry in the region will be promoted.
The outline of the "14th Five-Year Plan" proposes to build a new development pattern in which domestic and international cycles are the mainstay and the domestic and international dual cycles promote each other.
He Luosheng, director of the Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute of Lingnan University in Hong Kong, pointed out that Hong Kong can contribute to the "double cycle."
He said that Hong Kong companies and Hong Kong residents living in the Mainland have an active role in the internal and external circulation patterns.
Hong Kong people doing business in the Mainland often cover both the Mainland and overseas.
With the continuous improvement of living standards in the Mainland, more and more Hong Kong people may choose to enjoy their retirement life in the Mainland. Their higher spending power is also beneficial to promoting local economic development.