Influencing Civil Society Through Mass Media, Education and Migration
While China’s new united front work is successful in the media sector of the Hong Kong civil society, its penetrative politics is less forceful in the educational sector, where the pro-democracy forces remain relatively strong. As such, the long-term plan of accelerating socio-economic integration between Hong Kong and mainland China is conducted through the Greater Bay Area blueprint. It remains to be seen whether the Greater Bay Area plan will be successful in achieving Beijing’s new united front policy of speeding up the socio-economic integration between Hong Kong and the mainland. But judging from the relatively limited inroads of the pro-Beijing forces in the educational sector of Hong Kong, it will take some years and perhaps decades for the PRC’s new united front work to be really successful.