Once unknown, Baise becomes industrial powerhouse

By CHENG YU in Beijing and SHI RUIPENG in Nanning | China Daily | Updated: 2022-05-13 10:07
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A network of expressways has helped connect Baise and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region with ASEAN countries and other parts of the country. [Photo/China Daily]

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Decades ago, when Deng Xiaoping, chief architect of China's reform and opening-up policy, urged the exploration of aluminum in Baise city, in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, it was all but unknown.

Today, the city on the border with Vietnam is one of the most important national hubs for aluminum and produces about 2.4 million metric tons of electrolytic aluminum per year, about 5.6 percent of the national total.

Earlier this year, the temporary lockdown of production due to the COVID-19 epidemic in the region sent global aluminum prices rocketing to a 14-year high.

Behind this huge transformation are the city's efforts to strengthen the development of key industries, especially aluminum, a crucial component used in construction, automobile production and many other consumer goods.

It also reflects a broader blueprint for expanding high-level opening-up under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, one of the world's largest free trade agreements.

"The city will make full use of its unique location on the border with ASEAN economies and connections to many southwestern cities," said Huang Rusheng, Baise Party secretary.

"More efforts will be made to drive institutional innovation, infrastructure interconnection and industrial cooperation to help the city build an open, high-quality economic system."

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