TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2017, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (6): 775-783.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.003013

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Reconstruction of the Relationship between Hong Kong and ASEAN Based on the Strategy of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

ZENG Gang,SU Can,CAO Xianzhong,WANG Fenglong   

  1. (Center for Modern Chinese City Studies//Institute of Urban Development,East China Normal University,Shanghai 200062,China)
  • Online:2017-11-05 Published:2017-11-05

Abstract:

The bay area economy is one of the most important regional development patterns which is a practice of regional collaborative development concept. Currently, the bay area economy has become an important growth pole to drive the global economic development and a leader in technological change. In recent years, China put forward the development strategy of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, where Hong Kong is one of the growth poles. The strategy brings Hong Kong great opportunities of the transformation of Hong Kong’s foreign relations, reshaping the economic vitality. This paper introduces the strategic background of the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and sums up the present situation of the relations between Hong Kong and ASEAN from economy and trade, finance, shipping, science and technology. It is found that there is strong economic complementarity between Hong Kong and Indonesia, Laos, Kampuchea and Burma. However, the economy and trade ties between Hong Kong and ASEAN are weak and in lack of technological innovation cooperation. At the same time, under the challenge of other regions, the decline of Hong Kong’s financial and shipping status has weakened her link with ASEAN. Then this paper analyzes the influence of the Bay Area strategy on the regional advantage, cooperation complementarity, and the development potential of the cooperation between Hong Kong and ASEAN. The paper argues that Hong Kong should seize the opportunity of the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, strengthen the link between Hong Kong and ASEAN, give play to Hong Kong’s traditional advantages of acting as a “super liaison” between China and foreign countries, and enhance the Chinese global influence and the quality of life of residents in Hong Kong. Furthermore, this paper propounds that we should give full play to the advantages of “one country, two systems” policy, promote multi-channel economic and trade cooperation between Hong Kong and ASEAN, enhance connectivity in transportation infrastructure, strengthen the Hong Kong-ASEAN innovation cooperation, and reconstruct the Hong Kong ASEAN Relations.

Key words: the economy of bay area, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the relationship between Hong Kong and ASEAN, Hong Kong