Editorial:HK should play an active part in Qianhai zone

【明報專訊】THE STATE COUNCIL has unveiled plans to establish two ''cooperation zones'' in Hengqin, Zhuhai, and Qianhai, Shenzhen, which are related to Macao and Hong Kong respectively. The building of the two cooperation zones is an important policy measure aimed at supporting the development of Hong Kong and Macao, speeding up the integration of the Greater Bay Area and promoting the fusion of the two cities into the bigger picture of national development. According to the State Council's plans, a brand-new administration system will be adopted at the Hengqin Cooperation Zone, through which the Guangdong and Macao governments will engage in ''joint discussion, construction, governance and sharing''. Macao will have an important role in the process. As for the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone, it is related to the plan of building a pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics in Shenzhen. A focus will be on promoting the integration of rules and mechanisms between Hong Kong, Macao and Guangdong. Looking into the distant future, the Qianhai Cooperation Zone will be of increasing importance to Hong Kong. It is better for the city to understand the picture proactively and grasp the opportunity to take an active part.