New area opens door­way to north

China Daily - - TOP NEWS - By ZHONG NAN and CHENG YU zhong­nan@ chi­nadaily.com.cm

Changchun New Area, the 17th na­tional new area and lo­cated in North­east China’s Jilin prov­ince, will count on trans­porta­tion hub de­vel­op­ment, high-end man­u­fac­tur­ing, mod­ern ser­vice and dig­i­tal-based busi­nesses to pro­mote its global com­pet­i­tive­ness, of­fi­cials said on Fri­day.

Wang Haoyu, deputy di­rec­tor of the new area’s plan­ning bu­reau, said the area aims at ex­pand­ing in­ter­na­tional trade chan­nels and es­tab­lish­ing an in­flu­en­tial co­op­er­a­tion plat­form to im­prove in­vest­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, goods and peo­pleto-peo­ple ex­changes, es­pe­cially with coun­tries in Europe and the North­east Asia re­gion.

“Changchun New Area is ex­pected to be more di­ver­si­fied in our mar­ket-ori­ented econ­omy. In ad­di­tion to heavy in­dus­tries, we will de­velop more in­dus­try chains, in­clud­ing tourism, agri­cul­ture and high-tech, to spur eco­nomic growth,” Wang said at Changchun New Area Open­ing-up and De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum in Bei­jing co-hosted by China Daily, the coun­try’s lead­ing English-lan­guage news­pa­per.

Zhou Shuchun, pub­lisher and edi­tor-in-chief of China Daily, said Changchun New Area, en­cour­aged by sup­port­ive gov­ern­ment poli­cies, a strong man­u­fac­tur­ing foun­da­tion and fa­vor­able ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion, will play an in­no­va­tive and ef­fi­cient role in sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of North­east China.

Wang Jun­zheng, Party chief of Changchun, said the new area will en­sure that all for­eign in­vestors have a fa­vor­able busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, and it will wel­come more global com­pa­nies to build their pres­ence in the area.

Changchun has also achieved no­table progress in the open­ing-up of the econ­omy, which has be­come a key en­gine for the re­gional de­vel­op­ment.

Changchun New Area, lo­cated at the cross­road of the Harbin-Daqing-Qiqi­har In­dus­trial Cor­ri­dor and China-Mon­go­lia-Rus­sia Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor, is part of the Belt and the Road Ini­tia­tive.

A new in­ter­na­tional air­port in Changchun New Area, based on the re­de­vel­op­ment of the ex­ist­ing Changchun Longjia In­ter­na­tional Air­port, will be a piv­otal avi­a­tion lo­gis­tics hub in North­east Asia by open­ing new pas­sen­ger and cargo routes that will con­nect to Rus­sia and North­ern Europe un­der the gov­ern­ment plan.

An­other land port will also be built in Changchun New Area.

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