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China Needs to Vigorously Develop Its Marine Human Resource

(People's Daily Online)

15:36, July 28, 2011

2011 draws the curtain of China's marine economy development. The State Council has officially approved the Shandong Peninsula Blue Economy Zone Development Plan on January 4th and the Zhejiang Marine Economy Demonstration Zone Development Plan on February 25th. Developing marine economy is also written into the Outline of the 12th Five-Year Plan on National Economic and Social Development of the People’s Republic of China, issued on March 16th, as a crucial part in optimizing China’s modern industries structure and improving core industrial competence. China shall definitely begin its course of developing marine human resources as its marine economy gains strategic importance at national level.

As international experiences of economic development indicate, fast accumulation of human resource is an important factor in boosting economic growth (See Figure 1). Human resource usually leads economic development in narrowing the gap between the developing world and the developed world. This phenomenon is a pattern that “human resource buildup leads economic growth”. Marine economy development is no exception in this respect. In other words, if China is to catch up with developed marine powers, it should focus on vigorously developing its marine human resource. In 2015, China will meet the watershed of its demographic dividend and the ratio of working age to dependent will start to decrease, stressing the urgent need for China to improve the quality of its human resource. To this end, China adopts a basic national policy of “Revitalizing the Ocean Economy through Education” (Jiaoyu Xing Hai), in order to transform its huge quantity of marine human resource into valuable quality.

Figure 1 The Relation between Economic Development and Human Resource


Source: the figure is made based on Maddison’s data. Cited from Hu Angang and Xiong Yizhi: The Rise and Decline of World Powers and the Change of Human Resource.
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Ashim Kumar Chatterjee at 2011-11-24122.162.12.*
Very. good example of proactive thinking
RWJROlJPLcQOZrI at 2011-10-1595.111.33.*
Wow! Great thiknnig! JK
MySNlPrTCCoRGrHML at 2011-10-0484.18.157.*
A bit surprised it seems to slmipe and yet useful.
  

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