“Yangtze River eco­nomic belt”

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Ade­vel­op­ment plan for the Yangtze River eco­nomic belt was adopted on March 25, 2016 by the Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and is­sued in Septem­ber to the 11 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and prov­inces (An­hui, Chongqing, Guizhou, Hubei, Hu­nan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shang­hai, Sichuan, Yun­nan and Zhe­jiang) crossed or bor­dered by the Yangtze River, the long­est river in China for im­ple­men­ta­tion. The strate­gic de­ci­sion by the cen­tral lead­er­ship to boost the de­vel­op­ment of this area rep­re­sents a new move as part of its over­all strate­gic plan­ning in re­sponse to China’s new nor­mal of eco­nomic growth. It takes into ac­count not only im­me­di­ate im­per­a­tives but also long-term needs. The plan aims to achieve by 2020: – sig­nif­i­cant en­hance­ment of eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion along the wa­ter­way, and ef­fec­tive pro­tec­tion and ra­tio­nal use of wa­ter re­sources;

– ef­fec­tive re­moval of bar­ri­ers, ob­sta­cles, and bot­tle­necks that ham­per the flow of traf­fic on the Yangtze River, thereby up­grad­ing the river’s car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity;

– sub­stan­tive progress in im­ple­ment­ing in­no­va­tion ini­tia­tives, lead­ing to the emer­gence of a num­ber of world-class en­ter­prises and busi­ness clus­ters and a greatly im­proved com­pet­i­tive­ness on the world stage;

– fur­ther open­ing up of coastal and in­land ar­eas in tan­dem with moves to go global by land and by sea, as an in­te­gral part of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive;

– in­creased in­te­gra­tion and co­or­di­na­tion that bet­ter en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity of de­vel­op­ment ef­forts;

– sub­stan­tial head­way in key fields of re­form, to build a well-co­or­di­nated and ef­fi­cient Yangtze basin man­age­ment sys­tem, and a mod­ern, in­te­grated open mar­ket ; and

– higher lev­els of over­all eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, with a spe­cial fo­cus on qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency, thus pro­vid­ing strate­gic sup­port for eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment na­tion­wide.

The ob­jec­tives that the de­vel­op­ment plan is ex­pected to achieve by 2030 in­clude marked im­prove­ment in the over­all aquatic environment and ecosys­tems, and eco­log­i­cal func­tions, im­proved traf­fic flow on the Yangtze River, the cre­ation of an in­no­va­tive mod­ern in­ter­face for busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties along the Yangtze River, and bet­ter eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion in the up­per, mid­dle and lower reaches of the river. The plan is also de­signed to cre­ate a cleaner environment, more eco­nomic dy­namism and greater pros­per­ity. The Yangtze River Basin can thus be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to serve as a lead­ing role in and pro­vide strate­gic sup­port for na­tional eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

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