Re­tain­ing his­tory while mod­ern­iz­ing and look­ing to fu­ture

Changjiang Weekly - - WUHAN -

The 13th Wuhan Mu­nic­i­pal Party Congress, held last Jan­uary, put for­ward tar­gets for the next five years, set­ting the goal of con­struct­ing Wuhan into a mod­ern, in­ter­na­tional, and eco­log­i­cal city. The sec­ond ses­sion of the 14th Wuhan Mu­nic­i­pal Peo­ple's Congress which took place this Jan­uary re­vealed that the con­struc­tion process will be sped up. Ad­vanc­ing work in 10 ar­eas will be seen to re­tain the city's his­tor­i­cal ele­ments, while the city is mod­ern­iz­ing and look­ing to the fu­ture.

In 2017 the city fo­cused on four ma­jor talent-at­tract­ing and in­vest­ment-pro­mot­ing projects, the cre­ation of the Hubei Pi­lot Free Trade Zone ( Wuhan Area), the con­struc­tion of key high­lighted ar­eas, and wa­ter con­trol and man­age­ment.

In 2018 the city is fur­ther­ing the devel­op­ment of ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing and is build­ing an op­to­elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try clus­ter with an out­put value ex­ceed­ing RMB 1 tril­lion. Wuhan is striv­ing to be­come a "Made in China 2025" pi­lot demon­stra­tion city.

The city is fo­cus­ing on at­tract­ing for­eign in­vest­ment and pro­mot­ing ma­jor projects in­tended to at­tract in­ter­na­tional talent to Wuhan. It is ex­plor­ing the con­struc­tion of an in­ter­na­tional talent port and over­seas in­no­va­tion cen­ters.

Wuhan is speed­ing up the con­struc­tion of the Na­tional In­te­grated Cir­cuit Base, the Na­tional Aero­space In­dus­try Base, and the Na­tional Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Talent and In­no­va­tion Base. It is con­tin­u­ing its ef­forts to build the na­tional base to de­velop new-en­ergy cars, in­tel­li­gent con­nected ve­hi­cles ( ICVs), and next-gen­er­a­tion cars.

Wuhan will be con­structed into a trans­porta­tion hub as an in­land in­ter­na­tional gate­way, which is able to pro­vide in­te­grated trans­porta­tion ser­vices. The num­ber of long-dis­tance in­ter­na­tional flights will be in­creased and non-stop in­ter­na­tional flights (in­clud­ing freight lines) will be opened, con­nect­ing Wuhan to more ci­ties in the world.

With a fo­cus on en­hanc­ing cul­tural char­ac­ter­is­tics, the East Lake Green­way Phase III will be built to high stan­dards to cre­ate a world­fa­mous lake, an eco­log­i­cal model, and an ur­ban green heart in the city.

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