International Current Affairs-China World’s longest Sea Bridge
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On Tuesday Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurated a 55-km bridge which deepens the integration of Hong Kong and Macao with the rest of China.
- This is the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge that will be at the heart of an integrated Greater Bay Area (GBA)
- This Bridge will be Covering about 11 major neighbouring cities, which include Hong Kong, Macao, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
- The giant GBA comprising about 68 million people are been expected to rival the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S., and also the Tokyo Bay Area of Japan.
The bridge took almost a decade to build which Cost around $20 billion. which also includes an undersea tunnel that allows ships to pass through the Pearl River Delta, which is the heart of China’s crucial manufacturing sector.
The opening of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge (HMZB) was announced by President Xi from a passenger clearance building of the Zhuhai Port in mainland China. At the 9 a.m Ceremony began and the leading officials from the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions as well as from the neighboring Guangdong province, the industrial heart of China, attended the ceremony.
Analysts see the opening of the HMZB as a symbol that validates the One country-two systems formula, which allows the 2 countries Hong Kong and Macao substantial political autonomy, while remaining part of China.
To withstand super-typhoons, a magnitude 8 earthquake, as well as hits by super-sized cargo ships to bridge has been built. To allow the Uninterrupted flow of Shipping the A 6.7 km the underground sea tunnel is been made, along with the super-busy Pearl River Delta, which also the part of the bridge’s design. In the end, it will Reduce the travel time between the 3 cities from 3 hours to just 30 minutes. This Bridge took about a decade to build the $20 billion bridge.