Guangdong’s governor, Ma Xingrui, gave a press conference today at which he said the province’s GDP is expected to grow to more than RMB10 trillion this year. It is the way this will be achieved, rather than the number, that jumped out at us, however. He said the province will continue to “open up its market to the outside to strengthen its competitiveness”, and his No. 1 priority for the coming year is to build the Greater Bay Area by “finding solutions for cross-border issues, meeting international trade rules and facilitating the easy flow of capital, talents, goods and information within the GBA”.
Priority #2 to #5 were more interesting for a domestic audience: propelling innovation, investing more in the countryside, promoting Lingnan culture, and protecting the environment.
Priority #6 was more intriguing: To optimize the rule of law and internationalization, build a good business environment, and create the most secure, stable, fair, and legal environment in the country.
Roll on, Governor. Let’s see what comes next.
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