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2018 High-level Symposium on Integrated Development of the Yangtze River Delta Region Held in Shanghai, Results Published Afterwards

June 04, 2018

2018 High-level Symposium on Integrated Development of the Yangtze River Delta Region Held in Shanghai, Results Published Afterwards

On the afternoon of June 1, high-ranking officials in the Yangtze River Delta region held a press conference during which the results of the 2018 symposium on the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region were released after the completion of all of its agendas. Li Qiang, member of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee and Shanghai Party Secretary, Lou Qinjian, Party Secretary of Jiangsu Province, Che Jun, Party Secretary of Zhejiang Province, and Li Jinbin,Party Secretary of Anhui Province, delivered speeches at the symposium, which was presided over by Ying Yong, Vice Party Secretary and Mayor of Shanghai. Wu Zhengrong, Vice Party Secretary and Governor of Jiangsu Province, Yuan Jiajun, Vice Party Secretary and Governor of Zhejiang Province, Li Guoying, Vice Party Secretary and Governor of Anhui Province, and Lian Weiliang, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, were also present at the press conference.

More than 100 journalists from both state-level media outlets and around the Yangtze River Delta region arrived at the press conference ahead of the scheduled time, most of them equipped with cameras and video cameras. For quite some time, the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region has captured the close attention of the media which already produced a lot of insightful reports on the topic before the symposium was held.

Li Qiang briefed the media with major achievements accomplished at the symposium. During the symposium, remarks made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, on the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region were studied thoroughly and discussions focusing on high-quality and integrated development yielded fruitful results.

First, awareness has been further raised in promoting the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region, guided by the thoughts and remarks of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee. A consensus has been reached among the participants of the symposium that joint efforts should be conducted in a more active and ambitious way to boost achievement and breakthrough in the region’s integrated development, promote economic reforms and strengthen innovation and competitiveness in the region so as to better serve the development of the Yangtze River economic belt as well as the whole country. Synergy and implementation should be in focus for further integrated development of the region while Shanghai should continue to play a leading role with provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui all contributing their own strengths.  

Second, the mission plan, agenda and route map for integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region have been pinpointed, beginning with the completion of a Three-Year Action Plan. The Three-Year Action Plan covers 12 areas of cooperation focusing on seven key fields including traffic connection, energy guarantee, synergy in industrial innovation, ubiquitous information network, joint environmental protection and control, inclusive public service and orderly market opening, and a batch of practicable projects and programs have been set up under the plan. Participants of the symposium also agreed that issues of critical importance and emergency should be tackled immediately. A to-do-list covering more than 30 key issues in urgent need of cooperation has been made as top priorities in government agendas to ensure their implementation. Among the short-term government agendas of critical importance, there are six major missions to be accomplished as follows: drafting a batch of plans for specific projects; launching actions on a batch of specific projects; formulating a batch of schemes; implementing a batch of key projects, setting up a batch of platforms for cooperation and pushing forward a batch of projects for people’s well-being.

Third, the government will focus on the implementation of work and set up an effective cooperation and coordination mechanism. The office will give full play to decision-making function of the leadership forum, coordination function of the joint meeting and executive function of the joint office and the discussion group. In the next step, the Yangtze River Delta Region Cooperation Office will focus on the implementation of the action plan and take actions in coordination and supervision. In accordance with the principles of government guidance, market orientation and joint participation, the office will actively guide enterprises and all respondents in the society to participate in cooperation. Innovative methods and diversified policy measures and tools will be implemented to promote integrated and in-depth development.

During the conference, main officials from Shanghai and Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces made speeches.

Lou Qinjian said that through in-depth implementation of the spirit and important instructions of Xi Jinping, government officials should improve political position, strengthen the responsibility, enhance the coordination and give full play to their advantages and take a more active attitude and pragmatic style. The forum has achieved fruitful results, gathered opinions, reflected common wishes and promoted the integration of the Yangtze River Delta region into a new era. Shanghai and Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces are the contributors of integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region and will benefit from the development. As long as keeping in mind central government’s mission, benefiting the public, following the economic rule and innovative cooperation mechanism, we will certainly be able to create a new era in terms of the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region. During the meeting, a three-year action plan and recent major tasks have been released. A number of major cooperation issues were signed. The meeting also clarified the direction, key tasks and timing of the integrated development of the region. Jiangsu Province must learn from the important instructions of Xi Jinping as a guideline. Jiangsu Province will work closely with other provinces and cities to focus on the coordination of planning, regional collaborative innovation, infrastructure interconnection, environmental joint prevention and control and livelihood project construction. Jiangsu Province will push forward to implement these projects. Jiangsu Province will further promote higher-quality integrated development in the Yangtze River Delta region, better lead the construction of the Yangtze River Economic Belt to serve the country's development. All in all, Jiangsu will show its responsibilities, actions and contributions.

Che Jun said that the important instructions of Xi Jinping have opened up a new journey of cooperation and development in the Yangtze River Delta region in the new era. High-quality integrated development requires us to stay on top of the overall situation, better lead the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt and serve the overall development of the country. We are required to stand at the forefront and strive to be the vanguard of reform and opening-up in the new era. We also need to promote high-quality development to stand at the forefront. We will insist on taking people as the core and continuously enhance people’s feeling of acquisition. The main results of this forum reflected Xi Jinping’s important instructions, demonstrated the responsibility of Shanghai and Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces and commitment to people.

Together with other provinces and cities, Zhejiang Province will focus on implementation of action plans, transform the commitments into reality and jointly write a new chapter in the development of the Yangtze River Delta region. Zhejiang Province will actively participate in cooperation and exchanges in the Yangtze River Delta region. We will promote the reform and opening-up. We will do a good job to build a linkage to Shanghai and promote the integration of the Yangtze River Delta region. Focusing on the implementation of the three-year action plan and key areas such as transportation, energy, industry, information technology, environmental protection, public services and market integration, Zhejiang Province will participate in the integration of all aspects and in-depth levels to promote high-quality integration. Zhejiang will contribute to the integrated development of the region.

Li Jinbin said the important instruction by General Party Secretary Xi Jinping is an answer to the fundamental issue of promoting cooperation and development among places in the Yangtze River Delta region in the new era, which points out the growth direction and is a milestone. As an important force in the region, Anhui Province will adhere to the guidance of Xin Jinping’s socialism thoughts with Chinese characteristics in the new era and firmly implement the instruction by Xi to accelerate the growth of higher quality and more integration in the Yangtze River Delta region at the new starting point,together with Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. First, we have to have one shared determination. With the strategic target of a growth of “higher quality and more integration”, we will serve as a cradle for technological innovation in the Yangtze River Delta region, its growth engine, the west gate of the region in the “Belt and Road” initiative, the supply channel of energy, and the ecological green backyard of the region. Second, we have to paint one shared picture. With the requirement of focusing on implementation, we will make it a long-term effort, and accelerate technological integration, connected infrastructure construction, coordinated industrial development, shared public services, synchronized environment protection and integrated regional market under the three-year action plan and work priorities in recent days to construct a golden economic belt in Anhui that has advantages in both natural environment and business environment. Third, we have to work on shared strategies. With the principle of Shanghai being the bellwether and others focusing on their own strength, we will create a maximized growth force in the region. We will stick to the rules of making practical plans, deepening collaboration in projects and streamlining government administration to chart out an upgraded coordination mechanism in the Yangtze River Delta region.

Li Qiang said Shanghai should continue to play a leading role in the integrated growth of the Yangtze River Delta region under the important instruction by General Party Secretary Xi Jinping. To accomplish the mission, the most important thing for Shanghai is to do a good job on “serving” and the key is to be a pioneer in reform and opening up to make Shanghai an economic center that is efficient in global distribution of resources. Shanghai must enhance the city’s competitiveness, strengthen its core functions and make them in line with the highest standards around the world. Meanwhile, Shanghai must make up for its shortcomings, and carry out distinguished features to better serve the country, the Yangtze River Delta Economic Belt and the region with stronger ability in resources allocation around the world. Shanghai should serve the region with the spirits of “opening wider to the world, pursuit of excellence, enlightened by wisdom and keeping humble” to take an active role in the mission of planning, coordinating and promoting the integrated growth. We will focus on serving comprehensive, long-term interest of the nation, and fulfill Shanghai’s responsibility in promoting coordination. We will also learn from the good practices by neighboring provinces to make Shanghai a better place. For the next step, we will start a new round of work with renewed energy to carry out the new targets set out in this meeting. We will make greater efforts in implementation, accelerating projects one by one, and realizing them one by one.