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China boosts Yangtze River economic belt

Source: hubei.gov.cn 09/26/2014 04:09:00

The State Council released a guideline on September 25 to build the Yangtze River economic belt into an inland river economic belt of global importance, a coordinated development zone for interaction and cooperation between east, central and western regions, an internal and external opening up area that was comprehensively promoted along sea, river and border, as well as a pilot region of ecological civilization construction. It marked that the Yangtze River economic belt officially became a national strategy.

A transportation plan was released as an appendix of the guideline. It sought to enhance the traffic capacity of the river and its tributaries. An integrated transport system will connect roads, railways and air routes by 2020. Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, was identified as the shipping center on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River.

According to the plan, Wuhan, Changsha, Hefei and Nanchang will connect their rail, water and road transport systems to formulate a comprehensive urban cluster.

The belt will be a new growth engine for the country, help access regions along the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze and boost growth in inland regions, reducing the development gap between east, central and western regions.

Rising in southwest China’s Yunnan and emptying into the sea at Shanghai, the Yangtze River economic belt involves nine provinces and two municipalities, with an area of 2,050,000 square kilometers and over 40 percent of China’s population and GDP. (hubei.gov.cn by Mao Huifang)