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Yangtze Delta integration advances

Integration of the Yangtze River Delta region — Shanghai and the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang — has made great progress, the city government has announced.

One of the hallmarks of this progress has been the opening-up of dead-end roads. These are roads which came to an abrupt stop at provincial borders due to a lack of planning coordination between provinces.

There were previously 17 of them. Last year, Yingdian Road became the first to open up to traffic, connecting Shanghai and Kunshan in Jiangsu Province. Work is now underway on another 15.

The Hangzhou-Huangshan high-speed rail link, stringing together a number of tourist attractions, has opened and is now one of the most popular lines in the region.

Innovation and cooperation have been another important factor. Retailer Suning has opened more than 2,200 stores in the region, with logistic centers in both Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.

Environmental protection has not been neglected. The three provinces and Shanghai have agreed to use the same emission standards for cars and boats.

And 15 cities in the region share one health insurance system.

This year, more detailed policies to break down regional barriers will be issued, especially in areas such as health, business and infrastructure.


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