The Yangtze River Delta Area has long been a pioneer of China's
development, and it was the most developed area even in the years before
1978. It is where breakthroughs have always been made to advance the
country's economic reform and opening-up.
That explains why its spearheading of the country's socioeconomic
development for the new era was emphasized by President Xi Jinping, who
presided over a meeting about the integrated development of this region
on Thursday during a fact-finding mission in Anhui province.
The Yangtze River Delta area consists of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui
provinces and Shanghai, where some of the country's most developed
cities such as Shanghai, Wuxi, Suzhou and Hangzhou are clustered.
It is also home to some of the country's most developed manufacturing
industries and scientific research capacity, and it boasts the largest
pool of talents in an extensive range of areas. How this region further
taps its potential and makes the most of its advantages to realize more
breakthroughs in scientific and technological innovation and
manufacturing will be of critical importance to China's overall economic
development in the years to come.
After the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State
Council jointly issued a document on the region's integrated development
last year, it has become a national strategy. The strategy is meant to
further increase the innovation capacity and competitiveness of the
region, which will hopefully lead the lifting of the overall development
of the entire country to a higher level.
The world is undergoing an unprecedented change because of the spread
of the novel coronavirus and the rampancy of unilateralism and trade
protectionism, which have resulted in drastic changes in both the
external environment and internal conditions. The post-pandemic world
will be different in various ways from what it was.
As a result, it has never been so urgent and significant for China to
consolidate itself in as extensive a range of areas as possible to make
sure that its economy grows in a healthy and robust manner. Facing the
shrinking of the world market, China must make the most of its huge
market potential so as to sustain its economic growth.
Of course, China will continue to open even wider to the world, which will complement its domestic market circulation.
The mission for the Yangtze River Delta area is therefore of grave
importance. Details make the difference, and the local governments
concerned must make joint efforts under the grand scheme of the national
strategy to do a great job in planning every detail of their
development plans. For only with even higher level development in all
sectors can the country realize higher-quality national socioeconomic