Baise: a place of history, modernity (2)

10:34, March 04, 2010      

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"Aluminum city"

Guangxi Huayin aluminia plant. Nearly half of the nation's known bauxite is in Baise. (Photo: China Daily)

More than half a century, after he led an uprising in the city, Deng Xiaoping was again crucial to Baise when he issued the 1986 instruction to "explore Pingguo aluminum". The modern city of Pingguo within Baise has since risen along the Youjiang River due to its bauxite reserves of 780 million tons, nearly half of the country's total.

In addition to Pingguo Aluminum, major producers today in Baise include the companies of Yinhai, Longlin, Huayin and Xinfa. Together aluminum producers make more than 70 percent of industrial profits in the city.

Baise's alumina production now totals 5.8 million tons. The city also produces 600,000 tons of electrolytic aluminum and 400,000 tons of deep-processed metal.

The city is also a sub-tropical agricultural center, an international tourist destination and a logistics hub.

Its 2009 GDP is estimated at 45 billion yuan, an increase of 13.5 percent, with fiscal revenues totaling 5.69 billion yuan, an increase of 3.17 percent.

Urban per capita disposable income reached 14,680 yuan last year, an increase of 11.5 percent, as rural net income hit 3,100 yuan, an increase of 10 percent.

Investment in fixed assets in 2009 totaled 53 billion yuan, a surge of 63 percent.

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