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A Taiwanese report on a three-year action plan for the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area caused an uproar when it suggested that Hong Kong will be running the social credit system.

However, on July 9, the Hong Kong government pointed out that the system will only be put to use in Guangdong Province and will not be applied to Hong Kong.

The report was published by Taiwan’s Liberty Times. It said that Guangdong, Macau and Hong Kong will be running the system within three years. In addition, the Credit China website also listed Hong Kong as well as Taiwan as subjects for the credit system.

According to the government’s press release, the plan will only be applicable to Guangdong Province and Hong Kong will not be following suit. Patrick Nip, the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs also stressed that the system is irrelevant and Hong Kong will definitely not adopt it.

The Social Credit System that was established in 2014 has the power to prohibit Chinese citizens from certain privileges should their credit score fall below standards. Sanctions include not being able to purchase train/flight tickets, denial of loan applications and other punishments. It has been reported that at least 10 million people were banned from flights last year.

However, the system also rewards individuals who perform good deeds according to the government’s standards, which includes reporting on individuals who have committed crimes and returning lost objects to their owners.

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