China on Thursday released a directive on promoting high-quality development in its central region into the new era, highlighting goals to boost innovation, green transformation of the economy and openness at a level superior.
The region has made remarkable achievements in its economic and social development in recent years as it further consolidates its basic status for grain production, energy resources and raw materials, modern equipment manufacturing and high-end industries. technology, and a comprehensive transportation hub, said the document, which was jointly released by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.
Despite the progress, the region needs to promote more balanced and adequate development, further improve openness, strengthen innovation in manufacturing industry, further promote green development and increase its capacity to deliver public services, especially those related to major public health emergencies and other areas, according to the document.
By 2025, the region’s share of research and development (R&D) spending in its gross domestic product (GDP) will reach the country’s average level, and the decline in energy consumption per unit of regional GDP will also reach the average level of the country, It said.
The rate of urbanization of the permanent population of the region will increase by 1% per year, and the sense of gain, happiness and security of the population will be greatly enhanced, he said.
By 2035, a modern economic system will be fundamentally established in the region, with industries upgraded to the middle and high end and socialist modernization almost complete, he added.
The plan mainly concerns the provinces of Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, Henan, Hubei and Hunan. He called on the provinces to actively integrate into major regional development strategies, including the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the development of the economic belt of the Yangtze River, and ecological protection and high development. quality of the Yellow River basin. .
He called for efforts to promote the integrated development of the region’s urban and rural areas and accelerate the development of major cities such as Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Hefei, Nanchang and Taiyuan.
Cities in the region should strengthen weak links in infrastructure and public services and build sponge cities to improve flood control and drainage, he said.
He also called on the interior region to actively integrate into the Belt and Road building efforts – an initiative proposed by China that aims to build trade and infrastructure networks linking Asia to Europe and to Africa along and beyond the ancient Silk Road routes.
(Cover: A photo of Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province at sunset, July 21, 2021. / CFP)