Creating good public-opinion atmosphere for development of the Greater Bay Area
Following Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu's visit to Guangzhou and Shenzhen previously, a delegation of Hong Kong media chiefs also arrived in Guangzhou the day before to personally perceive the mew, vigorous ambience of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area) under construction. Huang Kunming, the secretary of Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), encouraged Hong Kong media to give wide publicity to major plans for and progresses achieved in the development of the Greater Bay Area and truthfully show the tangible benefits brought by this for people in the three places, especially for young people to make innovations and start up their businesses, so as to make greater contributions to promoting cultural integration and people-to-people bond between the two places. Through this visit, Hong Kong society could better realise the great vitality and brilliant prospects of the development of the Greater Bay Area, and also should more proactively participate in this course with the sense of urgency of time and tide waiting for no man.
Development of the Greater Bay Area is a huge project. It requires joint efforts from all sides, which cannot do without good public opinion atmosphere. Shortly after fully boundary reopening with the Mainland, Hong Kong media chiefs paid a visit to Mainland cities in the Greater Bay Area. They, on the one hand, could help show Hong Kong society and the world a complete picture of the development of the Greater Bay Area, and on the other make suggestions on how to deepen cooperation in the Greater Bay Area and to construct it into a culture-enriched area. Hong Kong media's proactive participation in the development of the Greater Bay Area will play an important role in jointly well tell "Hong Kong's story", "Guangdong's story" and the "Greater Bay Area's story".
Huang Kunming, who has just assumed his new office in Guangdong, is well known to Hong Kong people for pushing forward with high-quality development in Guangdong to "re-forge a new Guangdong", showing Guangdong's image of always daring to be the first to pioneer and being the "vanguard" in advancing Chinese-style modernisation and achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Actually, Huang Kunming, who has overseen publicity affairs for a long time, is also very familiar with Hong Kong media. Right when the meeting with the delegation started, he shook hands with every member and even greeted many with their names, and talked eloquently about anecdotes and operations of the Hong Kong media. At first, he sincerely listened to briefings about the delegation by Lu Xinning, deputy director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR and to opinions and suggestions by delegation members. Then he affectionately talked about Hong Kong and Macao compatriots' contributions to Guangdong's and the country's reform and opening-up and modernisation and the blood-thicker-than-water compatriotship shown by them whenever the Mainland was hit by natural disasters, and the Motherland and Mainland compatriots' generous supplies of best-quality water, foodstuff , vegetables and anti-epidemic items, etc. even under the most difficult circumstances. He particularly recalled that in jointly fighting the virus over past three years, the Mainland sent personnel and supplied goods to ensure that supplies ample and prices stable in Hong Kong markets, straightforwardly pointing out that "only in one family can there be such affection". Huang Kunming also told stories about Hong Kong and Macao young people's successes in starting up their businesses in the Greater Bay Area, and voiced his hope that the media provide more usable information to help young people start up their businesses, find jobs and education opportunities, setting up a ladder for them to climb the first step toward success.
The meeting, originally scheduled for one hour, was extended to 1 hour and 45 minutes. At the meeting, views were exchanged enthusiastically with everyone speaking their mind freely. This meeting shows not only the attention given to Hong Kong media by the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the CPC and Government, but also Guangdong's ardent passion for speeding up the development of the Greater Bay Ares. As pointed out by Huang Kunming, the delegation's inspection tour in Guangdong fully shows that Hong Kong media eagerly look forward to, and are willing to take their responsibility for, deepening all-dimensional exchange and cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao and helping pushing forward with development of the Greater Bay Areas with a good public opinion environment. He expressed his hope that Hong Kong media guide the vast majority of Hong Kong compatriots especially youths to throw themselves into the development of the Greater Bay Area and jointly construct elegantly our beautiful homeland, to better integrate into the overall national development; and at the same time proactively enhance international publicity and promotion to show the world the Greater Bay Area's good image and prospects with comprehensive, truthful, three-dimensional and excellent reports. He also invited Hong Kong journalists to make more trips to Guangdong to further play the role as a bridge and link.
Hong Kong has already come back to the track of economic development and improving people's livelihood. To strengthen Hong Kong's competitiveness, to seek new driving force for development, the natural and inevitable option is to deepen cooperation with Guangdong and to collaborate with national strategies such as the development of the Greater Bay Area. Development of the Greater Bay Area now ushers in its best time. Cooperation between Hong Kong and Guangdong is a win-win one with their combined strength, complementary advantages and no boundary. Riding on the wave, the most important thing now is to seize opportunities to realise the "hardware connection" in infrastructure and "software connection" in mechanisms and rules.