2020/10/15 Shenzhen: 40 years on

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    For more: https://www.cgtn.com/video Southern China’s Shenzhen marks 40 years since it became a special economic zone, the spark of the nation’s opening-up, in 2020. A tribute took place in the city on Wednesday, with Chinese President Xi Jinping laying out his vision for the city’s future. Xi called on Shenzhen to keep contributing to the nation’s journey to become a strong modern socialist country. In 1978, China decided to pursue reform and opening up, and two years later, the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone came into being – a magnet for direct foreign investment and cross-border trade. Now, with a population of over 12 million, it’s home to several big Chinese tech companies – including Huawei, Tencent, and ZTE. Bordering Hong Kong, it is part of the China Greater Bay Area development plan, which connects key cities in southern China. So what makes Shenzhen so attractive? What risks and opportunities lie ahead for this “miracle” city?

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    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

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