Serve the new development pattern and be a forerunner in modernization

On May 27, the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) Integrated Development High-level Forum was held in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. The main leaders of Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui, and relevant experts and scholars conducted in-depth exchanges on the theme of “serving the new development pattern and being a forerunner in modernization”. Li Qiang, Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee, Lou Qinjian, Secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee, Yuan Jiajun, Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee, and Li Jinbin, Secretary of the Anhui Provincial Party Committee delivered speeches. Those who were present include Gong Zheng, Deputy Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee and Mayor, Wu Zhenglong, Deputy Secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee and Governor, Zheng Shanjie, Deputy Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee and Governor, Wang Qingxian, Deputy Secretary of Anhui Provincial Party Committee and Governor, and Li Meng, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology forum.

Li Qiang pointed out that the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core focused on “two overall situations” and made a strategic plan to build a new development pattern. It required the Yangtze River Delta to take the lead in forming a new development pattern, giving us a new strategic goal and historical mission for integrated development. We must thoroughly implement the spirit of General Secretary Jinping’s important speech, make full use of the overall advantages of the YRD region to smooth economic flow, and focus on the demand-led domestic cycle and the domestic and international dual-cycle, so as to become a powerful engine for our economic cycle. We must smooth the flow of key factors, continue to explore the institutional mechanisms and path for regional integrated development, establish a unified open market system, and create a hub for the convergence and diffusion of various factors. We must activate the source of independent innovation based on the needs of the national strategy, gather the most elite forces to build a regional technological innovation community, and form a mechanism for cross-regional cooperation to provide the most powerful driving force for our country’s economic cycle. We must build a complete industrial chain, strengthen cooperation based on labor division and each other’s advantages, and establish a new model of industrial chain integration with interactive symbiosis and benefit sharing, so as to create an internationally competitive industrial cluster, and build an independent, controllable, safe and efficient industrial chain that serves the whole country. We must create an efficient gravitational field, take the lead in establishing institutional openness and a new higher-level economic system, attract global commodities and resource elements based on the domestic cycle, and work together to create a global hub and high flow area, and build new advantages for international cooperation and competition. We must adopt a more open and inclusive attitude, integrate resources and elements, gather wisdom and strength from all aspects to form a vigorous force for the great cycle, and jointly promote the YRD for high-quality integrated development.

Lou Qinjian, on behalf of the rotating organizer of the conference, reviewed the new achievements made in the integrated development of the YRD since the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in his speech. He said that General Secretary Xi Jinping advocated the integrated development of the YRD even when he was working in Zhejiang in 2003. Always attaching great importance to it, Xi had made development plans and put forward clear requirements to promote the high-quality integration of the YRD. Over the past year, we have earnestly implemented the spirit of the General Secretary’s important speech, focused on high-quality integration, and promoted the successful conclusion of the three-year action plan. We have overcome the successive impact of Sino-US economic and trade frictions and the Covid-19 pandemic, consolidated our role of “a ballast stone” and “a strong engine” in the overall development of the country, and significantly improved our competitiveness and influence in the global economic structure. He pointed out that, as an important connection point for the domestic cycle and an important channel for integration into the international cycle, YRD  has the responsibility to make breakthroughs to better serve the country and build a new development pattern, and it has first-mover advantages to be a good practitioner and pathfinder in modernization. We, Jiangsu Province, are striving to build “one center, one base and one hub”, and we must join hands with other provinces and cities to create high-level technology supply, promote high-efficiency industrial circulation, strengthen the support of high-quality talents, build a high-standard infrastructure system, and earnestly carry out the major mission of “being a model in serving the whole country in build a new development pattern”. According to the characteristics of our country’s socialist modernization, we must work with Shanghai, Zhejiang and Anhui to build a domestic market community and a demonstration zone for integrated development of rural revitalization, jointly promote the creative transformation and development of culture in the YRD, strengthen cooperation in the carbon peak, work together to expand trade, culture, and openness so as to be at the forefront of modernization.

Yuan Jiajun said that the YRD integrated development is a major strategy personally planned, deployed, and promoted by General Secretary Xi Jinping. Under the guidance of Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics for the new era, the YRD integration has achieved high-quality development acceleration. In the new stage of development, we must deeply understand the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important instructions, firmly grasp our strategic positioning, new mission and key tasks, closely focus on the two key words of integration and high quality, and adhere to our leading role according to our respective strengths, so as to serve new development pattern, lay a solid foundation for high quality development, and activate the source of competitiveness to realize modernization. We must faithfully implement the “double-eight strategy”, strive to be an “important window” and a pioneering province of socialist modernization, and develop a high-quality demonstration zone for common prosperity. We must take the lead in promoting high-quality development and modernization, build a modern Hangzhou Bay, a beautiful garden, and a modern international metropolitan, and accelerate the development of the ocean and mountainous areas into a new growth pole. We must take the lead in promoting technological self-reliance, build a national strategic scientific force, strengthen scientific and technological research, solve the bottle-neck problems, and create a world-class industrial cluster and the best ecology for science and technology. We must take the lead in promoting a higher level of reform and opening up, make every effort to promote digital reform, deepen the joint development of free trade zones, and build a world-class port and a global logistics hub. We must take the lead in promoting a comprehensive green transformation, continue to do a good job in pollution prevention, promote carbon peaking and carbon neutrality, and explore new mechanisms for green development. We must take the lead in promoting common prosperity, build a new mechanism for the coordinated development of urban and rural areas, promote high-quality sharing of public services throughout the life cycle and the reform of the income distribution systems, and jointly build a shared, civilized, harmonious and beautiful community.

Li Jinbin said that the integrated development of the YRD is a major national strategy personally planned, deployed and promoted by General Secretary Xi Jinping, and the construction of a new development pattern is a major strategic decision made by the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core. The most essential feature of the new development pattern is to achieve a high-level self-reliance. In the past, Anhui developed by innovation, and in the future, it will also advance by innovation. We will thoroughly implement General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important instructions on the YRD integrated development and the spirit of his important speech made when he was investigating in Anhui, closely focus on the two key words of integration and high quality, adhere to the leadership of Shanghai, and join hands with Jiangsu and Zhejiang to give full play to our advantages. We will firmly adhere to innovation, and drive the new development pattern with the innovation community. We must promote innovation from a long-term perspective in serving the construction of a new development pattern, highlight platform co-construction and collaborative tackling of difficulties, get rid of those “bottleneck” problems, and highlight the interconnection of disciplines to build the “most powerful brain” and further enhance “innovative self-confidence.” We must focus on integration and industrial innovation in serving the construction of a new development pattern, solve the core industrial problems with “Science and Innovation +”, promote industrial technological transformation with “Digital +”, deepen the link between research, production, supply and marketing with “Regional +”, and develop a green and low-carbon economy with “Eco +”, and create an optimal business environment with “Service +”, so as to further promote “innovative self-reliance”. In serving the construction of a new development pattern, we must focus on system innovation, promote coordinated transformation with the “sci-tech market” as a platform, promote smooth transformation with “regional innovation and reform”, and promote convenient transformation with “China Science and Technology Fair” as a carrier, so as to further achieve “innovative self-reliance”, create more innovation-driven development, and jointly work out an important source of high-quality development.

Yang Weimin, deputy director of the Economic Committee of the National Committee of the CPPCC and former deputy director of the China Finance Office, gave a speech on the connotation and main tasks of building a new development pattern, and Hong Yinxing, the former Party Secretary of Nanjing University, gave a speech on the idea of promoting modernization in the Yangtze River Delta.

The forum held the opening ceremonies for the YRD Innovation Community Construction Office, the four industrial chain alliances in the YRD Integrated Circuit, Biomedicine, Artificial Intelligence, and New Energy Automobile, as well as the New Development and Construction Co., Ltd. of the YRD Integration Demonstration Zone and the Water Town Living Room Construction Co., Ltd. of the YRD Integration Demonstration Zone. The government service map and high-frequency service items of the YRD have been put online. Some major cooperation projects were signed, such as promoting the joint development of the YRD Pilot Free Trade Zone, guaranteeing services for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, deepening 5G innovative applications, expanding the YRD Entrepreneur Alliance and Research University Alliance, and jointly building the Taihu Innovation Circle.

Those who attended the forum include the leaders of the General Office of the State Council and the National Development and Reform Commission, the executive vice-provincial governors (mayor) in the Yangtze River Delta, the secretary-generals of the Party committees in the Yangtze River Delta, the directors of the research offices and the responsible officials of related departments, the representatives of universities and entrepreneurs in the Yangtze River Delta, representatives of YRD New All-Media Union and relevant officials of Wuxi City.

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