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Seven Decades of Glory: Jiang Chaoliang, Wang Xiaodong brief the media on Hubei's development in Beijing

Source: hubei.gov.cn 06/20/2019 11:06:06
Jiang Chaoliang (C), secretary of the CPC Hubei Provincial Committee, and Wang Xiaodong, governor of Hubei Province, speak at a press conference of the State Council Information Office of China on June 19, 2019.
The State Council Information Office of China held a media conference in Beijing on June 19, to spotlight the construction of the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the development of Hubei province, prior to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Jiang Chaoliang, secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the CPC and chairman of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of Hubei Province, and Wang Xiaodong, vice secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the CPC and governor of Hubei, attended the conference.
They both answered the questions concerning economic development, people's well-being, protection of the Yangtze River, technological development, foreign trade, infrastructure improvement, ecological development and cultural development.
The ensuing paragraphs are the highlights of what they touched on in their speech.
Brief introduction: Hubei is located in central China along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. It covers an area of 185,900 square kilometers with a permanent population of 59 million. It has been known as “a province of a thousand lakes” and “a land of fish and rice”. Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, Hubei has upheld the banner of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and fully implemented the guiding principles from the 18th and 19th National Congress of the CPC and from what General Secretary Xi Jinping envisioned for Hubei during his two inspection trips to the province. Hubei has promoted the Five-sphere Integrated Plan and coordinated implementation of the Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy. Hubei remained committed to the underlying principle of making progress while maintaining stability, followed the new development philosophy and pursued high-quality development.
Economic development: In 2018, the regional GDP reached 3.94 trillion yuan, 215 times more than the 2.45 billion yuan in 1952. The national ranking of the regional GDP has been at seventh place since 2016. Between 1979 and 2018, Hubei's GDP grew progressively by 10.5% annually on average after the reform and opening-up policy was launched. The per capita GDP of Hubei is 66,616 yuan, which was 98 times more than the 90 yuan posted in 1952. Local general public budgetary revenue and the retail sales of consumer goods totaled 330.7 billion yuan and 1.83 trillion yuan respectively.
Ecological protection: Currently, 86% of the water samples from the Yangtze have been rated good quality in national water testing. Several of the 115 chemical plants within 1 km of the river have been shut down, overhauled, relocated or shifted to other production, effectively improving what used to be the chemical plant-plagued Yangtze River. Eco-restoration has been conducted along its banks to build a greener Yangtze. Projects on improving the management of resources and stepping up reforestation has been promoted on its banks. A total of 150 kms along the river have been restored. The handling capacity of harbors have been cut by 156 million metric tons. Ecological restoration has been conducted in more than 8 million square meters of river shoals and along the river's banks.
Scientific and technological innovation: in 2018, patent application and patent grantings in Hubei numbered 129,820 and 64,106 respectively, and technology transfer contracts totaled 123.72 billion yuan in value, ranking fourth across the country and being 4.3 times more than in 2012. Hubei's regional scientific and technological innovation capability ranked seventh across China. In 2018, a total of 6,597 high-tech enterprises across the province secured an added value of 665.31 billion yuan, 92 times more than that of 1996. There were 12 national high-tech zones, the number of which ranked fourth nationwide and first in Central China. Hubei is home to 19 national engineering research centers, 47 high-tech business incubators, 660 provincial engineering technology research centers and 528 provincial enterprise technology centers. Up to 3.88 million technical professionals have been attracted by Hubei into scientific innovation undertakings.
Expanding opening up: Hubei has been deeply engaged in the Belt and Road Initiative. We have reach agreements on 90 projects on international production capacity cooperation. Hubei continued to enhance Hubei companies’ presence in Central Asia as well as along the Silk Road, and successfully held important conferences and events such as the Conference on Overseas Chinese Pioneering and Developing in China, Forum on Global Production Capacity and Business Cooperation, Taiwan Week, and Chushang Conference, etc.
People’s well-being: We have steadfastly pursued people-centered development and established and improved the social security system, thus ensuring that people’s livelihood is secured and improved and that the benefit of reform and development is delivered to all. In 2018, per-capita disposable income for urban and rural residents reached 34,454.63 yuan and 14,977.82 yuan respectively, 83 and 88 times higher than that of 1980.
7th CISM World Military Games: In October this year, Wuhan will host the 7th World Military Games. The preparatory work is currently being carried out in an orderly manner. At present, 105 member states and 10,719 athletes have officially registered, the numbers are expected to exceed the previous editions. 38 test competitions of 27 events have been launched. The testing of nine projects including open water, swimming wrestling, marathon, sailing, badminton, table tennis, shooting, women's golf, equestrian has ended.