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Backchat: President Xi Jinping says we've entered a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and the country has become a great power in the world. Speaking at the opening of the Communist Party's national congress, he also said the one-country-two-systems principle had proved an outstanding success which has amazed the world, but also that patriotism has to be strengthened among the people of Hong Kong and Macau. Earlier, Xinhua news agency issued a commentary criticising western democracy as divisive and confrontational, and praising what it called the harmony and co-operation of the Chinese system.
So what does the future hold for the nation as the economy continues to expand? And to what extent does China's progress contrast with what could be seen as the less positive elements of Western politics? Leave us a message, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call us on 23388266. After 9.20am, what of Carrie Lam's suggestion that a proposed law banning disrespect for the national anthem could have retrospective effect?
On Wednesday's Backchat, open space. A report from Civic Exchange suggests that nearly two million of us in Hong Kong are living with less than the planning standard of two square metres per person. In cities like Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai and Singapore, residents get between 5.8 and 7.6 square metres. This is outdoor space managed for recreational purposes - mostly urban parks and sitting out areas. Is it reasonable to expect more? What are the benefits of open space? Will we get it on the Central reclamation, in West Kowloon and Kai Tak? After 9.20, electric cars and the budget. (8:30-9:30am, call in on 233 88 266, email email@example.com or text 6393 5925)
01/03/2017 - 8:30-9:20 Public Open Space in Hong Kong
Ian Brownlee, Planning Consultant, Master Plan Limited
Peter Cookson-Smith, Past President, Hong Kong Institute of Planning and Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design
Kathy Ip, Deputy Secretary-General, Hong Kong Public Space Initiative
Edward Ng, Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong