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HK's smart city plans may be just all talk

The city's reluctance to embrace the sharing economy hobbles its "smart" ambitions

The office of taxi-hailing service Uber Inc in Hong Kong. The government refuses to amend traffic rules that make it illegal for Uber drivers to operate. Police raided the Hong Kong offices of Uber last week and arrested five drivers for the "illegal use of vehicles for hire".

Hong Kong

THERE is a Cantonese saying in Hong Kong - dak goh gong ji, which means nothing but talk.

That could be one way to describe the city government's endeavours to turn Hong Kong into a "smart city" in a bid to catch up with similar efforts of some of its regional competitors...

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