fredag 9. oktober 2020

‘They don’t want Hongkongers’ – how city’s rising wave of Covid-19 infections is snarling deal on opening border with mainland China

Talks to reopen the border between Hong Kong and mainland China will prove difficult – even if the city manages to dodge a fourth wave of  Covid-19 infections – because the neighbouring provincial government would prefer a track record of zero infections before reaching a deal, the Post has learned.
Getting people moving over the border is vital to help pull Hong Kong’s economyout of recession, as the pool of mainland tourists with cash to spend has dried up, leaving hotels, restaurants and luxury retailers struggling.

But the government and its counterpart in Guangdong province have been struggling to find middle ground on what would constitute an acceptable infection rate in the financial hub for a travel deal to be struck.