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Greater Bay Area expected to help boost opening-up

Release time: May 21, 2019


Construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will help further improve the livelihoods of the people in the area and propel the country's comprehensive opening-up in the new era, a senior official said on Sunday.

Constructing the Greater Bay Area is a development strategy of the country, proposed and promoted by President Xi Jinping, said Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

It will further demonstrate to the world China's systemic advantages and further enrich the content of the country's "one country, two systems" policy, Huang, also head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, said at the opening ceremony of the first Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Media Summit held in Guangzhou, Guangdong province.

As one of the country's economic powerhouses and one of the Chinese areas that ever opened widest to the outside world, the Bay Area includes the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong province, and the SARs of Hong Kong and Macao.

The area occupies less than 1 percent of China's land area but more than 5 percent of its population. The area's GDP reached about one trillion yuan ($147 billion) in 2018.

Organized by the Guangzhou-based Nanfang Media Group and co-hosted by the Hong Kong Ta Kung Wen Wei Media Group and Macao Daily, the summit attracted more than 370 government officials, scholars, media and business representatives.

Source: China Daily, 19thMay 2019.