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Zhanjiang to be pivot city along new Maritime Silk Road

By Cao Xiating Updated: 2015-02-26

Zhanjiang to be pivot city along new Maritime Silk Road

Zhanjiang mayor Wang Zhongbing is interviewed by an interview team organized by the China Association of Mayors on February 4.

Zhanjiang will forge five “pivots”, expand opening up, and strengthen cooperation and exchange with ASEAN to integrate into the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Zhanjiang mayor Wang Zhongbing told an interview team organized by the China Association of Mayors recently that the city will be a pivot city along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road with respect to navigation, city development, modern manufacturing industry, marine science and technology, and featured agriculture.

Zhanjiang has been authorized by the central government to be a strategic pivot city along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Wang Zhongbing said that Zhanjiang should take full advantage of this historic opportunity and forge five pivots to play an active role in building the “One Belt and One Road”, which refers to the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”.

First, the city should give full play to its geological advantage as a pivotal deepwater port, making itself a pivot in terms of navigation along the new Maritime Silk Road.

Second, the city should speed up development to make itself a port city representing coastal cities in China.

Third, modern manufacturing industries including the iron and steel industry, petrochemical industry, papermaking industry and marine equipments should be given priority in industrial development.

Fourth, the southern “maritime valley” should be established as an important platform for maritime science and technology research and development.

Fifth, Zhanjiang should give full play to its agricultural resource advantages to forge featured agriculture.

Zhanjiang will continue to expand opening up, Wang Zhongbing also said.

The city has been strengthening cooperation and communication with the ASEAN countries in recent years. According to latest statistics from Zhanjiang Customs, Zhanjiang’s foreign trade volume with the ASEAN countries increased steadily last year to 5.3 billion yuan (about $833 million).

A bonded logistics center has also been authorized to be established in Zhanjiang. The center will help lower logistics cost for foreign trade enterprises, and make Zhanjiang a pivotal logistics port in South China and Southwest China.

Wang Zhongbing said Zhanjiang will improve its transportation infrastructure to make it more accessible from other cities and regions in China. A high speed railway connecting Zhanjiang to Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong province, is expected to be completed in 2017. Zhanjiang airport will be relocated to turn into a gateway airport in West Guangdong.

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