Lam from Hong Kong will discuss how to help people live and work in mainland China
HONG KONG: Hong Kong The leader will go to Beijing this week to discuss how to make it easier for people in the Chinese-ruled city to live and work in mainland China, her office said Sunday, after more violent protests against China during the night.
Lam, despised by protesters in favor of democracy in the former British colony, will arrive in Beijing on Tuesday for a meeting the next day of the leading group to develop the Great Bay Area of southern China.
The group has already met twice, endorsing a number of measures to facilitate Hong Kong people to develop, work and reside in the mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area, as well as strengthen the convenient flow of people and goods, her office said .
The idea was to attract high-end talent from Hong Kong with tax breaks and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship from young people in Hong Kong and Macau.
Lam has promoted the Greater Bay Area as a way to provide jobs for people in Hong Kong and ease social tension.
... After everything has been settled (in Hong Kong), the country (China) will be there to help with maybe positive measures, especially in the Greater Bay Area, Lam told businesspeople in Hong Kong in August.
The megalopolis of the Greater Bay Area is made up of nine mainland cities, including, Zhuhai and Shenzhen, and the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, a former Portuguese-run enclave that returned to China in 1999.
An increasing number of Hong Kong people are already moving outside the densely populated financial hub - one of the world's most expensive cities - to the mainland.
Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997, turned parts of the main island into battlegrounds on Saturday, furious at Communist Party leaders in Beijing and perceived Chinese meddling with Hong Kong's freedoms, a charge China denies.
They have trashed Hong Kong businesses seen as being pro-China and in July daubed China's Liaison Office, the key symbol of Chinese sovereignty, with graffiti.
Cleaners swept up broken glass at the Hong Kong office of China's official news agency Xinhua on Sunday, one of the buildings vandalised on the 22nd straight weekend of protests when activists hurled petrol bombs and set fire to metro stations.
Xinhua condemned the attack for what he said were barbaric thugs who broke doors and security systems and threw fire and painted bombs in the lobby.
The practice of the black rioters once again shows that 'stopping the violence and restoring order' is Hong Kong 's most important and urgent task at present, a spokesperson for Xinhua said in a Facebook post.
Police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and a water cannon at protesters during Saturday and early Sunday, as the violence spilled from Hong Kong island across the harbor to Kowloon. One of the protesters' key demands is an independent probe into perceived police brutality.
Riot police were on hold in the Kowloon district of Mong Kok, a frequent place for violent protests, on Sunday and was interrogating youth in the Sha Tin city of the New Territories.
Stop bullying children, people shouted at them.
Hong Kong returned to China under a one country, two systems formula which guarantees its freedoms for 50 years. China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has a garrison in Hong Kong but troops have remained in barracks since the protests began.
Protesters last month pointed to an EPL headquarters with lasers, which caused troops to raise a banner warning that they could be arrested. Senior EPL officials have said violence will not be tolerated.