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Decisive 10 projects lead delta integrationUNESCO

HANGZHOU has a bold 10-project plan to carry out the integration of the Yangtze River Delta region strategy comprehensively.

The integration of the Yangtze River Delta region has gained momentum since President Xi Jinping designated it as a top national strategy last year.

But questions remain as cities in one of China’s most prosperous re­gions — comprising Shanghai and the neighboring Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces — try to chart a path to closer integration and better connectivity.

With the integration strategy, high-quality development will raise the core competitiveness of Hangzhou, which will be the path of development for the city, Zhou Jiangyong, Party secretary of Hangzhou, said at a plenary meet­ing of CPC Hangzhou Committee on July 30.

The 10 projects include the com­mercial application of 5G telecom technologies and the development of new artificial intelligence pilot area in Hangzhou, aiming to position the city at the top of the digital economy in China.

In addition, Hangzhou plans to add 300 large-scale industrial enterprises annually, and within three years all the large-scale industrial enterprises will be equipped with basic digital technologies.

Hangzhou plans to set up dream towns in Shanghai and Hefei, capital of neighboring Anhui Province. And a Yangtze River Delta Town will be set up in Qiantang New Area to acceler­ate the development of new and high industries.

The Zhejiang capital will also carry out the protection, research and inher­itance of world heritage sites like West Lake, Grand Canal and Liangzhu.

The archeological ruins of Liang­zhu city, newly inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, will be better protected thanks to joint ef­forts by the Hangzhou and Zhejiang governments.

The heritage site includes city ruins with palace and altar remains, 11 early-stage dams and high-level cem­etery sites. Excavations will also be accelerated.

It is the core of the ancient Liang­zhu Civilization, the earliest civilized state in China, which covered today’s Shanghai, and Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces.

The upgrading of dilapidated areas and garbage sorting will be acceler­ated to improve livelihood, together with the integrated service of medi­cine, healthcare and senior care in the Yangtze River Delta region.

Hangzhou is at the center of Yangtze River Delta region, neighboring Shang­hai, Nanjing, Ningbo and Hefei. The total population of the delta region is around 220 million.

With the national government just releasing a blueprint for integrated de­velopment of the Yangtze River Delta region, Hangzhou should seek the rare opportunity to accelerate regional de­velopment and integration in order to realize long-term development, Zhou said.

In order to ensure the development with a competent cadre team, the city needs to set up a better mechanism to rotate, hire and fire, encourage and punish cadres, according to Zhou.


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