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Hong Kong, Shenzhen deepen ties with five new agreements

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (left) poses for photos with Wang Weizhong, Party secretary of Shenzhen, during the High-level Meeting cum Hong Kong/Shenzhen Co-operation Meeting 2021 at the Wuzhou Guest House in Shenzhen on Sept 6, 2021. (PHOTO / INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HKSAR GOVT)

Hong Kong and Shenzhen collaboration reached a new level on Monday, as top leaders from the two cities signed five cooperation agreements that cover technology, cross-border arrangements, high-end education, and arbitration.

The documents were signed at the High-level Meeting cum Hong Kong/Shenzhen Co-operation Meeting 2021. It was attended by a Hong Kong delegation led by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, and Shenzhen officials led by Wang Weizhong, the city’s Party secretary.

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Shenzhen Party secretary Wang Weizhong said that during the past year, Hong Kong-Shenzhen collaboration has achieved many developments in cooperation zones, infrastructure, and people-to-people exchanges

The documents cover cooperation on the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park and the Huanggang border crossing. They also include the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park’s plans to set up branches in Shenzhen, and the EBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Ltd’s cooperation with the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration.

Lam said during the meeting that despite the pandemic, she has been to Shenzhen many times during the past year to discuss cross-border collaboration with Shenzhen leaders. The five documents signed Monday are the initial results of the talks, she added.

Wang said that during the past year, Hong Kong-Shenzhen collaboration has achieved many developments in cooperation zones, infrastructure, and people-to-people exchanges.

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Wang added that Hong Kong has contributed a lot to Shenzhen’s development. In the face of fresh opportunities offered by national blueprints, Shenzhen will fully support Hong Kong’s integration into national development. It will also actively complement Hong Kong advantages to ensure Hong Kong’s lasting prosperity and stability, as well as the two cities’ mutual development.

During the stay in Shenzhen, Lam also attended the inauguration ceremony of the Shenzhen branch of Hong Kong Pui Kiu College. Located in Longhua district, the school is a Hong Kong style educational institution offering 12 years of primary and secondary education.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (center) attends the inauguration ceremony of the Shenzhen branch of Hong Kong Pui Kiu College in Shenzhen, Sept 6, 2021. Also present in the photo are Wang Weizhong, Party secretary of Shenzhen (2nd left); Tan Tieniu, deputy director of the Central People's Government's Liaison Office in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2nd right); Lee Yin-yee, chairman of the Board of Directors of Xinyi Group (1st left); and Jasper Tsang
Yok-sing, supervisor of Pui Kiu College. (PHOTO / INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HKSAR GOVT)