The local government of Anhui has issued a plan on the eastern Chinese province’s participation in building the Yangtze River Delta city cluster---a move providing powerful support for the creation of a world-renowned urban agglomeration.
Under the plan, some innovation-based industrial hubs in the province will gain worldwide recognition, an infrastructure network that is modern and connects with those in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang will be built, a new setup featuring openness and cooperation will emerge, and ecological security will be ensured by 2020.
The provincial government will establish systems and mechanisms for its integration into the region, and improve the existing ones.
In 2030, the province will complete a modern industrial system and infrastructure network, both to be integrated in and interconnected with those in the rest of the cluster. It will also witness an improvement in the environment and its open economy.
Eight major cities, including the provincial capital Hefei, will see an average rise of 9 percent in GDP by 2020, the plan says, expecting that their proportion of GDP in the regional economy as a whole will edge up by 2 percentage points.
It is highlighted in the plan that Hefei will be developed into a sub-center of the cluster. The city’s GDP will reach 1 trillion yuan ($147 billion) in 2020, accounting for 28 percent of the provincial total. More than 50 Fortune 500 companies will invest in the city, with an urban population of 5 million.
The region has expanded to 30 cities in Shanghai and Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces. It generates more than 20 percent of the country's GDP, topping the rankings for China's three biggest urban clusters. The other two are the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster in the north and the Pearl River Delta cluster in Guangdong province in the south.