SW China economic zone to integrate Chongqing, 15 cities

16:53, March 03, 2011      

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A new economic zone located in the southwest of China has been put on the agenda of the national planning for regional development.

Known as the Cheng-Yu economic zone, the planned area will include Chongqing municipality and 15 cities in Sichuan province, according to the blueprint approved by the State Council at a meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday. With a large population and intensive industrial concentration, the area is endowed with rich natural, human and transportation resources.

Given that, the area is of strategic importance for China's economic and social development. The Cheng-Yu economic zone is aimed at further boosting the development of China's west and promoting balanced development between different regions.

The economic zone is expected to be an important economic center in China's west and a major manufacturing base for the whole country by 2015. In addition, the living standards of people there will be greatly improved with better public services.

Further reform and opening up are believed to be the way to achieve that prospect. During that process, the urban and rural reform and development must proceed in a balanced way to improve the capacity building for growth and stability. At the same time, ecological protection must be secured for the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, where the area is located.

By Li Jia, People’s Daily Online


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