For the most excruciatingly indigestible jargon-laden waffle since we hit peak One Belt One Road Vision-Concept around three years ago, here’s your personal copy of the Outline Development Plan for the Blah Blah Bay Area. As the South China Morning Post front-page cheerlead-story breathlessly enthuses, Hong Kong is mentioned 102 times compared with a pitiful 41 for crummy old Guangzhou so there yah boo sucks. (In its eagerness to shoe-shine, the paper ruins what was supposed to be an oh-so-subtle deliberate message-hidden-in-number-of-namechecks.)
Xi Jinping decreed that the grand vision come into being, and after working overtime, many minions have finally delivered their frantically concocted components to put together in a ‘blueprint’.
A quick check shows that the word ‘green’ – a rough proxy for BS – appears 31 times, five of them in the quintessential horse-crap phrase ‘green finance/bonds’. The Communist-demonic curse ‘cooperation’ is used an incredible 162 times.
At the risk of encapsulating an over-simplified nutshell: Relevant central ministries will leverage ecologically sustainable fintech to nurture Lusophone cross-boundary innovation and talents through in-depth cooperation [told you] between the Dongguan Binhaiwan New District and youth development to enhance the radial effect of Lingnan culture.
It’s not all plucking dreamy vision-concepts from thin air. Some junior minions have been forced to rummage around for specific stuff to meet box-checking requirements. Thus they grant the most humble jurisdictions special important individual roles, so even Jiangmen, Zhongshan, Hengqin of Zhuhai and others don’t feel left out. And they found actual visible comprehensible items to put some roughage into the otherwise substance-less verbiage. These are, of course, depressingly awful – right down to ‘development of international cruise terminals’. And something about yachts. They had to find something.
This is not a plan for Hong Kong’s integration with the motherland. This barrage of wrist-slashing, soul-crushing lameness is the Chinese Communist Party’s idea of sugar-coating, designed as a distraction.