Hong Kong’s economy recovers ahead of its 25th year since returning to China

Hong Kong also ranked fifth in an annual global ranking of the world’s most competitive countries and regions

Upon further analysis, it was revealed that international trade was a major contributor to the economy. saiko3p/Shutterstock

The 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China will be celebrated on 1 July 2022. CGTN looked at some major indicators to see how Hong Kong’s economy and society have changed since the handover.

In the last 25 years, Hong Kong’s overall economy has more than doubled. GDP has increased from HKD1.37 trillion (~USD176 billion) in 1997 to HKD2.89 trillion (~USD368 billion) in 2021.

Furthermore, The Star reported that Hong Kong climbed to the fifth spot this year in an annual global ranking of the world’s most competitive countries and regions. This is due to its improved economic performance despite the ongoing global pandemic.

In terms of economic competitiveness, Hong Kon’s economic performance improved significantly, especially in the domestic economy subfactor and international trade.

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Upon further analysis, it was revealed that international trade was a major contributor to the economy. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), in 2020, Hong Kong was the world’s sixth-largest merchandise trade exporter. Hong Kong was Asia’s sixth-largest exporter of commercial services and third-largest exporter of merchandise products.

Since 1985, Hong Kong’s largest trading partner has been Mainland China. From 1978 to 2020, its contributions to Hong Kong’s total global trade went from 9.3 percent to 51.8 percent, reported CGTN.

It also has a strong trade relationship with Taiwan. According to Hong Kong’s Trade and Industry Department, re-export trade between the two economies through Hong Kong amounted to HKD470.7 billion (~USD61.1 billion) in 2020.

Mainland China fell to the 17th spot, reversing a recent increasing trend, according to the report, due to a sluggish economic recovery exacerbated by the Zero-COVID policy.

Taiwan rose one spot to seventh due to its consistent performance in the government efficiency factor, which contributed to improvements in tax policy, institutional frameworks, and business regulations.

The Property Report editors wrote this article. For more information, email: [email protected].

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