President Xi Jinping called for new measures to get young people in Hong Kong to move to the mainland, following months of student-led protests in the semi-autonomous territory for pro-democratic reforms, according to a report on Wednesday.
The measures are focused on “deepening integration” between young people in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province “to increase their sense of belonging to the motherland,” Xi said, according to Bloomberg News.
His speech Wednesday in Shenzhen marked the 40th anniversary of the city becoming a special economic zone.
China should “fully utilize the important platform of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau cooperation to attract more young people from Hong Kong and Macau to study, work and live in the mainland,” Xi said.
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, attended Xi’s speech after canceling her annual policy address scheduled for Wednesday.
Xi also praised Shenzhen as a model economic city and suggested stronger ties between it and Hong Kong and Macau to create a regional