Xiamen Special Economic Zone sees 11-fold expansion

17:13, August 02, 2010      

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The 50 laws and regulations formulated before July 1 are suitable for the expanded special economic zone in Xiamen, which started Aug. 1, marking the substantial progress of the Xiamen Special Economic Zone, according to the 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th Xiamen's People Congress.

In June 2010, the State Council agreed to expand the scope of the Xiamen Special Economic Zone to the entire city, which means that the four districts off the island, including Jimei, Haicang, Tong'an and Xiang'an, will be included in the special economic zone.

As a result, the area of the Xiamen Special Economic Zone increased to nearly 1,600 square kilometers, 11 times larger than the original 131 square kilometers.

Liu Cigui, mayor of Xiamen, said the expansion of the special economic zone is conducive to expanding the urban development space, enhancing Xiamen's status and role during the exchanges and cooperation with Taiwan region, and giving play to the new advantages of the institutional mechanism.

The State Council officially approved the establishment of the Xiamen Special Economic Zone in 1980 and its construction was officially launched in the Huli District in 1981. In 1984, China's central government declared that it would expand the scope of the special economic zone from 2.5 square kilometers in the Huli District to the entire island of 131 square kilometers.

By People's Daily Online

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