Guizhou to seek bal­anced de­vel­op­ment

Poor prov­ince does not want to de­stroy en­vi­ron­ment for growth, top of­fi­cial says

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By WANG RU wan­gru@chi­

Chen Gang, the Party chief of Guiyang, the cap­i­tal of Guizhou prov­ince, said on Thurs­day that one of the least de­vel­oped prov­inces in China will not sac­ri­fice its en­vi­ron­ment for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“Guiyang can’t fol­low the old ways of Bei­jing,” said Chen, the for­mer deputy mayor of Bei­jing, at a news con­fer­ence on Thurs­day in China’s cap­i­tal.

“I should be partly re­spon­si­ble for the traf­fic jams and pol­lu­tion in Bei­jing, es­pe­cially the Cen­tral Busi­ness District.”

The news con­fer­ence pre­viewed the up­com­ing Eco-Fo­rum Global An­nual Con­fer­ence Guiyang on July 10 to 12. It is China’s only na­tional-level fo­rum that in­vites ex­perts from all over the world to dis­cuss is­sues on the en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

Since his time as a col­lege stu­dent in Bei­jing dur­ing the 1980s, Chen said he has ex­pe­ri­enced how the cap­i­tal has thrived but also how it has suf­fered from prob­lems of rapid ur­ban­iza­tion.

“It is al­ways easy to say that you want to de­velop the econ­omy while pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, but for a moun­tain­ous in­land prov­ince such as Guizhou, it re­quires great wis­dom and de­ter­mi­na­tion,” he said. “We are try­ing to find a way to seek a bal­ance and there is not much time left.”

The per capita GDP of Guizhou, which has a pop­u­la­tion of 35 mil­lion, is the low­est in the coun­try, at 18,700 yuan (roughly $3,100) as of 2012, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics.

This year’s eco-fo­rum will fo­cus on green ur­ban­iza­tion, in­no­va­tion, and re­forms on eco­log­i­cal pol­i­cy­mak­ing and law en­force­ment.

Zhang Xin­sheng, the fo­rum’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral who is also the pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Union for the Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture, said Guizhou should be an ex­am­ple of China’s achieve­ments in en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Since the fo­rum be­gan in 2009, it has been de­voted to set­ting up an in­ter­na­tional plat­form to draw on the wis­dom of tal­ents from a di­verse range of fields to fur­ther pro­mote the con­cept of an eco­log­i­cal civ­i­liza­tion.

At last year’s fo­rum, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping sent a let­ter to con­grat­u­late the fo­rum. In the let­ter, he said that build­ing China through en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able mea­sures is a key part of the Chi­nese dream.

Xi also sug­gested that Guizhou learn from ex­pe­ri­ences in Switzer­land, which has a sim­i­lar eco­log­i­cal sys­tem.

In re­cent years, the prov­ince’s cool cli­mate, suf­fi­cient power sup­ply and trans­porta­tion net­works have been seen as ad­van­tages for data cen­ters and cloud­com­put­ing projects. The Guiyang govern­ment has im­ple­mented a se­ries of poli­cies to sup­port these in­dus­tries.

Alibaba, China’s e-com­merce gi­ant, signed a frame­work agree­ment with the Guizhou govern­ment on April 17 to use the prov­ince as its in­dus­trial base for the de­vel­op­ment of cloud-com­put­ing and big data.

Zhong­guan­cun Sci­ence Park in Guiyang is also look­ing to at­tract high-tech com­pa­nies.

Chen Gang,

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