China warns Hong Kong not to politicize issues

2016-03-06 09:55:00 GMT2016-03-06 17:55:00(Beijing Time)  Agencies
 Selina Chow Liang Shuk-Yee (R), a member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, speaks at a panel discussion joined by specially invited figures from Hong Kong during the annual session of national advisory body in Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2016. (Xinhua/Li Renzi) Selina Chow Liang Shuk-Yee (R), a member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, speaks at a panel discussion joined by specially invited figures from Hong Kong during the annual session of national advisory body in Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2016. (Xinhua/Li Renzi)
 Zhang Dejiang joins group discussion with delegates from Hong Kong and Macau Zhang Dejiang joins group discussion with delegates from Hong Kong and Macau

Chinese leader Zhang Dejiang said Hong Kong shouldn't "politicize everything" and should instead focus on integrating its economy with the mainland's.

A day after Premier Li Keqiang pledged greater economic support for Hong Kong at the opening of annual parliamentary sessions in Beijing, Zhang said that while a recent riot in Hong Kong was a concern, it was one the city's government could handle.

Premier Li emphasized in his annual work report that Beijing would continue to "elevate" Hong Kong's role in China's economic development.

China's updated draft five-year development blueprint also mentioned a so-called "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau big bay area" to boost economic synergies, as well as business and transport linkages between Hong Kong and southern China.

"He (Zhang) is saying 'look ... don't get politicized in all your social and economic issues, concentrate on developing your economy, ride with the tide of China rising'," said Maria Tam, a veteran Hong Kong delegate to China's parliamentary sessions.

 

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