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Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 19:04

Youth should embrace Belt & Road Initiative: Leung

By Shadow Li

HONG KONG - Elsie Leung Oi-sie, deputy director of the HKSAR Basic Law Committee under the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, urged Hong Kong youth on Wednesday to embrace the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative.

She said they should not focus on the immediate economic interests of B&R, but use it to take full advantage of Hong Kong’s unique strengths in the nation's development.

Leung advised young people to align their futures with the country's prosperity.

She was speaking at a public gathering to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The former secretary for justice cited the legal profession as an example showing how every sector could benefit from the nation's strategic B&R blueprint.

The initiative will link 66 countries and regions with 4.4 billion people, accounting for a total of 63 percent of world's population and generating about 29 percent of global GDP.

Leung noted that Hong Kong was an international finance, asset management, legal service, shipping and logistics center.

It could, therefore, provide a better platform for the nation's B&R Initiate and global drive.

Leung said some people had claimed that rule of law has died in Hong Kong. But she countered that the world doesn’t see it this way: Hong Kong was ranked the third leading arbitration center after London and New York in 2014.

She said Hong Kong had wasted a lot of time with internal strife and political wrangling.

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