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Anniversary highlights peaceful growth
By Cao Desheng (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-12 05:51

Following an international marine expo which opened in Shanghai last Friday, a ceremony marking the publication of a book called "Zheng He's Route" was held yesterday in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu Province. An eight-episode TV documentary featuring Zheng's epic voyages started yesterday on China Central Television.

Zhang Chunxian, the communi-cations minister, urged companies in China's shipping sector to carry forward Zheng's spirit to build a strong marine economy.

"The shipping industry is of great importance to the nation's economy and opening-up drive as well as furthering integration in economic globalization," Zhang said.

According to Zhang, water routes account for 60 per cent of the nation's cargo transport, and more than 90 per cent of all imports and exports are handled by sea.

"The rapid economic growth will push for closer business relations with other countries, giving momentum to the development of the marine economy," Zhang said.

While strengthening port construction in the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and the Pan-Bohai Gulf, the nation will develop further offshore, coastal and inland transport, Zhang said. 

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