China unveils plan for Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone

13:30, May 06, 2011      

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The central government recently unveiled the regional planning for the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone. This is an important strategic deployment for promoting China's scientific development and accelerating the transformation of the economic development mode as well as a major step to further implement western development and promote the balanced development between regions, according to the website of the National Development and Reform Commission.

The Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone is located in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and lies in the Sichuan Basin. It covers an area of 206,000 square kilometers and is an important population, urban and industrial agglomeration area in China.

The Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone has become one of the regions with the strongest comprehensive strength in western China through construction and development since the implementation of the Reform and Open Door Policy, especially western development. It possesses good conditions for accelerating development from a new starting point.

Accelerating the development of the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone under the new situation is very important for further promoting western development and the balanced development between regions as well as enhancing the national comprehensive strength.

The strategic position of the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone is an important economic center of western China, a major modern industrial base in China, a pilot site of deepening the open door policy in China's inland, a demonstration zone of balancing urban and rural development and a protection zone for the ecological security of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.

The planning defined the short-term and long-term goals for the development of the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone. It will be constructed as an important economic center of western China by 2015 and one of the regions with the strongest comprehensive strength in China by 2020.

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