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Border city explores experimental zone

By Gao Qihui (China Daily)

09:43, March 21, 2012

More than 30 years after China established its first special economic zone as a pilot for economic reform and opening-up in the coastal city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province, Fangchenggang, a western border city, is moving to set up an experimental zone to explore new methods of developing the border economy.

The central government issued opinions on the western development strategy in June 2010, advising the region to create three border experimental zones for development and opening-up, including Dongxing in Fangchenggang city.

The city will work hard to build the Dongxing Experimental Zone to be the "border special zone, western Shenzhen", said Liu Zhengdong, Party chief of Fangchenggang city in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

Under a plan that is awaiting central government approval, the zone will encompass Dongxing town and coastal areas, covering 1,226 square km, about 20 percent of Fangchenggang.

There will be five functional districts: international trade, port logistics, port-associated logistics, international business and ecological agriculture.

Liu explained that the zone aims to combine domestic development and opening-up by using domestic and foreign resources in an integrated way.

The zone is intended to be a pioneer zone connected with strategic cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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