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Lanzhou New Area to promote westward opening-up

By Mi Xingang
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Lanzhou New Area will play a vital role in the construction of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and China’s westward opening-up process, according to a high-level forum on the topic attended by renowned academicians and experts in Beijing on November 3.

Centering on the construction plan of “Silk Road Economic Belt,” creating a strategic platform for the westward opening-up process, the integration of regional economies and the cooperation and institutional innovation of Lanzhou New Area, attendees delivered insightful and detailed speeches.

They held that the strategic plan of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” would exert far-reaching influences on the future Eurasia political and economic structure; China’s central and western regions would become the economic hinterland of the belt. Lanzhou could be considered a kernel point along the golden economic belt, experts said. Some expressed their beliefs that Lanzhou possesses competitive edge in the energy and chemical industries, equipment manufacturing and biotechnology. The area has cooperated with Central Asia in certain fields for a long time. In addition, Lanzhou is also renowned for its high scientific research level and abundant talent resources. All those elements will provide a solid basis for China’s westward opening-up process.

Being the first state-level new area in northwestern China, Lanzhou New Area is certainly at the forefront of the overall westward opening-up process, experts added. By the end of August this year, the new area had already attracted 181 industrial projects, with investment volume totaling around 184.62 billion yuan.

The spokesman for the new area expressed that they will concentrate on creating a communication platform and enhancing industrial cooperation to make it a kernel city along the “Silk Road Economic Belt.”


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