Pilot zone for China's trans-regional cooperation approved in Lianyungang

16:44, June 10, 2011      

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China’s State Council has recently approved the establishment of a regional cooperation pilot zone in Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu Province, according to a statement published on the website of the National Development and Reform Commission.

According to the general scheme for the pilot zone to enhance economic cooperation among the country's east, central and western regions, the construction should focus on the improvement of the city's function as a seaport, enhancement of a service system for the cooperation, establishment of industrial cooperation bases, innovation in cooperation mechanisms and intensification of its support and services for the regions along the new Eurasian Continental Bridge in order to promote the simultaneous development of China's east, central and western regions and play a more significant role in the cultivation of an economic belt along the new Eurasian Continental Bridge and the stimulation for the coordinated development among different regions.

Lianyungang acts as a convenient seaport for regions along the Longhai-Lanxin railway line and a window serving the opening up of China's central and west regions. The establishment of the cooperation pilot zone will help to make best of the city’s position as a seaport at the beginning of the new Eurasian Continental Bridge and different regions comparative advantages. It will also benefit the trans-regional flow and allocation of resources, marking considerable significance for the promotion of China's "going west" moves to stimulate the rapid development of the country’s central regions and to push forward the integrated development among China's eastern, central and western regions.

By Qi Shuwen, People's Daily Online
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