Listen: China's 'Silicon Valley' dream: Stitching together a new tech region
"The rest of the world worries about whether to trust the likes of power with data. China is planning on regardless. It's pushing ahead with plans to build an area to rival California's Silicon valley, it's being described as a tech megalopolis. So why are people concerned about it ever happening to explain more and joined by James chambers is Monaco's Hong Kong bureau chief welcome to the program. James explain the plans, and what is a mega megapolis. Well, earlier this week the central government in Beijing published its blueprint for this so called greater bay area, which is the official name for this maker office. And it's comparing it to Silicon Valley in California because that's what it essentially wants to emulate. But to kinda give listeners an idea of what they were talking about. This is very much an area that already exists. It's not a greenfield site. The plan is to link together eleven existing cities in southern China in the in the pill river delta and some of these cities people will be very familiar with like, Hong Kong Macau and Shenzhen where the Hawaii based people also Joe, but a lot of the other smaller cities like John Shan Jihai Dongguan, which people might never heard about. So the idea is that. There's these eleven cities, and and the Chinese government wants to can essentially connect them closer together with infrastructure and roads and rail and bridges, but also in terms of coordinating policy stuff, so bring all these eleven together and create something, you know, bigger and more competitive. There's a loss in that the IT of bringing in business, but also bringing in policy using infrastructure. How surprising is that? Given the way that China is moving at the moment. While when when China wants to to build things it can do that very quickly. We've got a huge bridge. That's just opened up. Links Hong Kong Macau for the longest Seib in the world. And that was built in record time. And then Hong Kong just had we've had a high speed rail link that connects on concert, China's huge high speed network. So all these kind of roads in infrastructure is is very much, you know, part of China's development the policy side is is something that has people a little bit more worried in places like Hong Kong, you know, Hong Kong is what's called a special administrative region. So it does have it is is loud to govern itself in every area of kind of foreign affairs and the whole idea behind the greater bay area's essentially dissolve the borders between these cities, so. So, you know, the idea is you should be able to move around this greater bay area very easily and conduct business in different cities perhaps live in in somewhere like high or Shenzhen and commute to Hong Kong. But those you know what? While that's potentially exciting for for businesses who can access all of this talent and innovation for people who live in Hong Kong. There bit worried that this is just another example of how the the border with mainland. China will be a rooted a Hong Kong skyline in the last five years. It's changed the names on the top of all the big buildings used to be all in English. But at least fifty percent of them now are in Chinese if you are a business leader in home, congress did if you'd like you said a citizen how worried should you be that sooner or later? Those fifty percent remaining English-language businesses"