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The HKSAR's Work in Complementing the National 12th Five-Year Plan

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Extract of the Dedicated Chapter on Hong Kong and Macao in the "Outline of the Twelfth Five-Year Plan for the National Economic and Social Development of the People's Republic of China"

(Unofficial English translation for reference only)

Article 14 Deepening co-operation in building a common home for the Chinese nation

         From the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation, taking forward the implementation of "One Country, Two Systems" and the peaceful reunification of the motherland; deepening the economic and trade co-operation among the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao; promoting the development of cross-strait economic relations and working together to bring about the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Chapter 57 Maintaining the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao

         Unswervingly implementing the principles of "One Country, Two Systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong", "Macao people administering Macao" and "high degree of autonomy". Adhering strictly to the Basic Law of the Special Administrative Regions; and fully supporting the Chief Executives and Governments of the Special Administration Regions to govern according to law. Supporting Hong Kong and Macao to fully leverage their strengths and continue to play an important part in the overall development of the country.

Section 1 Supporting Hong Kong and Macao to reinforce and enhance their competitive advantages

         Continuing to support Hong Kong in developing its financial services, shipping, logistics, tourism, professional services, information and other high-value-added services; supporting Hong Kong to develop into an offshore Renminbi business centre and an international asset management centre; supporting Hong Kong to develop into a high-value goods inventory management and regional distribution centre; reinforcing and enhancing Hong Kong's status as an international centre for financial services, trade and shipping; and strengthening the global influence of its financial centre. Supporting Macao to develop into a world tourism and leisure centre and expedite its development as the service platform for business and trade co-operation between China and the Lusophone countries.

Section 2 Supporting Hong Kong and Macao to nurture emerging industries

         Supporting Hong Kong and Macao to strengthen their capabilities in industrial innovation, expedite the nurturing of new economic growth points and take forward co-ordinated economic and social development. Supporting the development of industries where Hong Kong enjoys clear advantages including environmental industries, medical services, education services, testing and certification, innovation and technology, and cultural and creative industries and to widen the areas of co-operation and scope of services of these industries. Supporting Macao to promote the moderate diversification of its economy and to accelerate the development of its leisure tourism, convention and exhibition business, Chinese medicine, education services, cultural and creative industries.

Section 3 Deepening economic co-operation of the Mainland with Hong Kong and Macao

         Strengthening exchanges and co-operation of the Mainland with Hong Kong and Macao; continuing to implement the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement. Deepening co-operation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao; implementing the Framework Agreements on Hong Kong/Guangdong Co-operation and Macao/Guangdong Co-operation; promoting co-ordinated regional economic development and developing a world-class metropolitan cluster with enhanced competitiveness. Supporting the development of a financial co-operation zone led by Hong Kong's financial system and backed by financial resources and services of the cities in Pearl River Delta; building an advanced global manufacturing and modern services base; developing a modern economic circulation sphere; supporting Guangdong to open up its services industry to the service providers of Hong Kong through early and pilot implementation measures and gradual extension of the measures to other regions. Expediting the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Quality Living Area. Strengthening the planning and co-ordination of a comprehensive transportation system among Pearl River Delta Region, Hong Kong and Macao. Strengthening exchanges and co-operation between the Mainland and Hong Kong and Macao in areas of culture and education, etc.

Special Column No. 22 - Major co-operation projects among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
To construct a bridge-cum-tunnel sea-crossing carriageway, as well as separate boundary crossing facilities and link roads in Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao, to provide a land transport link connecting the three locations.
Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link
To construct dedicated passenger railways linking up the Wuhan-Guangzhou Passenger Line and the Hangzhou-Fuzhou-Shenzhen Passenger Line.
Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Express Line
To study Hong Kong's third cross-boundary railway linking up the Hong Kong International Airport with the Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport and passing through the Shenzhen Qianhai Area.
Liantang / Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point
To shorten travel time between Hong Kong and Shenzhen East; enhance the handling capacity of vehicles and passengers and improve the efficiency of the eastern boundary crossing between Guangdong and Hong Kong.
Development of Qianhai New District, Shenzhen
To expedite construction of city railways, railway networks, maritime transportation and boundary crossing infrastructure; develop Qianhai by 2020 into an important production service centre in the Asia Pacific region, and a Hong Kong/Guangdong modern service industry innovation and co-operation exemplary zone.
Development of Nansha New District, Guangzhou
To develop Nansha into a business service centre, an innovation and technology centre and an education training centre serving the Mainland and linking up with Hong Kong and Macao, and to build a port-related industries support services co-operation zone.
Development of Hengqin New District, Zhuhai
With a planning area of 106.46 square kilometers, to progressively develop the area into an exemplary zone for pursuing a new mode of co-operation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, a pilot zone for deepening reform and technology innovation, and a new platform for the upgrading of the industries in the western region of the Pearl River estuary.