Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam will travel to Beijing on November 5 to attend a meeting on the development of the Greater Bay Area in southern China.
Hong Kong authorities initially said that Lam would visit Shanghai and Nanjing and return to the special zone on November 5. However, according to a press release from the chief executive's office today, she will fly to Beijing on the evening of November 5 and have a meeting with Chinese deputy prime minister Han Chinh the next morning.
In the afternoon, Lam will attend the third meeting of the Bay Area development leadership group. Her office said the meeting was to discuss "some measures that will enable Hong Kong residents to develop, work and reside in mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area, as well as to enhance their convenient for people and goods flow ".
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam spoke at a press conference on October 29. Image: AFP.
The office added that this idea aims to attract Hong Kong's "outstanding talents" by reducing taxes, while encouraging "innovation and entrepreneurship" from young people in Hong Kong and Macau.
Ms. Lam also mentioned the Greater Bay Area, an area made up of nine cities in the mainland and the Hong Kong and Macau special zones, as a source of employment for Hong Kong residents and reducing tensions in society.
"After the Hong Kong situation is resolved, the Chinese government will offer positive assistance measures, especially in the Greater Bay Area," Lam told businessmen in Hong Kong in August.
Hong Kong has been in turmoil since June, after protests against the extradition bill allowed the suspects to be taken to areas where there is no extradition treaty with Hong Kong, including China. Mainland China. Although the Hong Kong government withdrew the bill, protesters were still active because of many other claims.
The violence continues in Hong Kong later this week, as protesters burned down subway stations, sabotaged shops and offices of the Xinhua News Agency, the official Chinese government news agency, forcing police to crack down with tear gas and water cannons.
Luster (Follow Reuters, SCMP)