Jiaxing, a Pioneer in Driving Integrated Development of the Yangtze River Delta
Great development tides appear in the Yangtze River Delta region. Since the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region was upgraded to a national development strategy, all provinces and cities here have been striving to take the lead in integrated development. As Zhejiang’s door and bridgehead of integration into Shanghai, what will Jiaxing do since it is well located in the center of the Yangtze River Delta?
“Missing an opportunity means missing an era.” “Start means sprint”. In face of such a great historical opportunity, Jiaxing has regarded its integration into the development of the Yangtze River Delta as its first strategy of the high-quality development, and now this strategy is being implemented without delay. In recent nine months, Jiaing’s efforts have drawn wide attention and a number of 10-billion-yuan investment projects have been attracted. Great changes have taken place in its urban and rural areas, benefiting local people a lot. The “Fission Effect” produced by this first strategy tends to be stronger and Jiaxing’s integration into the Yangtze River Delta tends to be more obvious.
“Fission Effect” tends to be stronger: more large projects and famous talents settle in Jiaxing.
Several days ago, good news about the large investment projects attraction was heard again. The project of Great Wall Motor was included into major industrial projects of Zhejiang. This is Pinghu’s first ten-billion-yuan investment project since the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta was upgraded to a national development strategy. With a total investment of 11 billion yuan, this project is to start its construction soon and is to be put into operation in 2022 as planned. It is local first motor production project.
Large and excellent investment projects have come over one by one with the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta. In nine months, Jiaxing has attracted 14 projects with each investment up to ten billion yuan like lithium cell production project from the Netherlands, big silicon wafer production project from Microteck and macro-molecule materials production of Ruihuatai of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), and 31 projects with each investment up to USD 100 million or one billion yuan. 38 projects have settled in Yangtze River Delta Innovation Center jointly established by Jiaxing and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation.
In the first half of 2019, Jiaxing actually used USD 2.01 billion of foreign funds, attracted seven projects (including five domestic ones) from Top 500 enterprises of the world, ranking the first in Zhejiang, and 25 projects with each investment up to USD 100 million, hitting a new high.
With the settlement of these large projects, Jiaxing’s industrial platforms were further upgraded. This city has been deepening cooperation in cross-region platform construction with Shanghai, and till now has signed 20 provincial-level development areas with Shanghai’s open innovation platforms. Jiaxing Economic and Technological Development Area has started its full strategic cooperation with Suzhou Industrial Park. Jiashan Intelligent Sensor Industry Platform has been included into seven new provincial industrial parks each with “10,000 mu of land and 1,000-yuan output values”
All innovation resources are gathering in Jiaxing rapidly. In the past nine months, this city issued the first construction plan in Zhejiang for G60 Sci-tech Innovation Valley and jointly published 30 measures to enlarge the opening up of nine cities along the G60 Sci-tech Innovation Valley; Shanghai and Jiaxing sci-tech innovation coupons can be mutually recognized....
Meanwhile efforts are also made in Jiaxing to develop the city itself to enlarge its urban scales and strengthen its urban capacity. The urban express way is under rapid construction; the construction of Jiaxing Airport for civil and military purposes has started; Shanghai-Jiaxing Railway has been included into the provincial construction plan; Jiaxing has become the departure station for four high-speed trains; the construction of projects in celebration of the founding of the CPC have achieved rapid progress; the construction projects for urban quality improvement have started; great changes have taken place to urban areas, all of which will better facilitate Jiaxing’s integration into the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta.
After the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta has been upgraded to the national strategy, Jiaxing located in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta has attracted national and global attention and the “Fission Effect” has became more obvious. In the first half of the year, its GDP obtained a year-on-year growth of 7.1%; the values added of the industries above the designated size reached 97.3 billion yuan, a growth of 7.1% year on year; the investment in fixed assets increased 10.5%. These achievements are backed up by the attraction of top-end talents, funds and sophisticated projects, which mirrors Jiaxing’s enormously potential and promising future.
The first development strategy sets up development targets: top-end planning and high-quality development.
That the “Fission Effect” is stronger and more talents and projects are attracted is not accidental, but is inevitable after years’ careful planning and hard efforts. As early as 2003, the “Eight Eight Strategies” raised by comrade Xi Jinping who was secretary of CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee proposed that Jiaxing volunteer to get integrated into Shanghai’s development and strengthen the cooperation and communications with the rest region of the Yangtze River Delta.
On the second day after the Spring Festival holidays, Che Jun, secretary of CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee, made a field visit to Jiaxing and put forward “Five New Actions” and “Three Focuses”, requiring Jiaxing to grasp good opportunities, plan well and achieve progress in integration into Shanghai, and push ahead with the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta to support the high-quality development of the whole province. Yuan Jiajun, governor of Zhejiang, and other provincial leaders also came to Jiaxing for surveys.
Zhang Bing, secretary of CPC Jiaxing Municipal Committee, requested last year Jiaxing to “strive to be the best and first” to participate in the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta when he said Jiaxing should regard its integration into the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta as its first development strategy.
Therefore, Jiaxing has made joint efforts and specified strategic development directions and action routes to construct high-level sci-tech innovative and industrial platforms, create excellent business environment, etc, to connect Shanghai and participate in the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region. Take good business environment as an example, Jiaxing ranks the fourth among 26 cities of the Yangtze River Delta and the second in Zhejiang, just next to Hangzhou, according to the First Assessment Report on the Business Environment of the Yangtze River Delta Region released not long ago.
In order to realize the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta, backward systems and mechanisms have to be broken. This year, Jiaixng will endeavor to create good soft environment, list and try to settle 30 policy and system problems in 13 aspects like market access and talents environment concerning Jiaxing’s connection with Shanghai and integration into the development of the Yangtze River Delta. In the future, Jiaxing will manage to settle some of these problems by itself, ask Zhejiang provincial government to settle some and cooperate with Shanghai to settle the rest to ensure Jiaxing’s market rules and government affairs service rules keep the same with those of Shanghai. Currently, the essential progress has been made in solving listed problems in nine aspects like talents, government affairs services, transport, etc.
Jiaxing’s integration into the Yangtze River Delta benefits and enriches people.
Chen Lifang, a citizen of Shanghai, scanned her medical insurance card in Jiaxing First Hospital and heard a “tick”, indicating she has paid her medical fees instantly in Jiaxing. Actually, Jiaxing’s citizens can do the same in Shanghai. Since April 15, 2019, all citizens of Jiaxing can pay their medical fees in Shanghai’s hospitals with their medical insurance cards of Jiaxing. It is more convenient for the people of Shanghai and Jiaxing to see a doctor now.
“Jiaxing is near to Shanghai, and their people-to-people exchanges are more frequent. People of both regions have a stronger desire for direct and real-time medical payment settlement in the hospital where they see a doctor. Today, a medical insurance card can meet patients’ needs, and the patients will not, just as they did in the past, first pay medical fees in cash in one city, then go back to their own city for medical reimbursement later.” said a manager of Jiaxing Citizen Card Company.
In addition, Jiaxing citizen card has been included into the connectivity system established by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China and Jiaxing’s citizens can scan their citizen cards to pay bus fares in over 300 cities of China, including those of the Yangtze River Delta. According to the statistics of 2018, the number of Jiaxing’s citizens who paid their subway fares in Shanghai with their citizen cards totaled 1.375 million, 4,116 person-times per day.
Jiaxing’s integration into Shanghai benefits people greatly. Now efforts are being made to attract quality education resources like international schools such as Wellington College jointly established by Tongji University and Jiaxing, Pinghu Experimental High School established by Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy in Ping Economic and Technological Development Zone this year.
In terms of transportation, this city has participated in the transport infrastructure construction of Zhejiang and integrated its transport into the Yangtze River Delta and the whole country. Shanghai-Jiaxing Railway is the No. 1 Project for Jiaxing’s connection with Shanghai, and now relevant researches are in steady progress, and its preliminary construction will start at the end of the year. Much progress has been achieved in application for the construction of Jiaxing Airport for military and civil purposes. The transportation planing for inter-city railways, city railways and modern trams has come into being.
The national strategy means national missions. As the birthplace of the CPC, the departure point of the “Red Boat” and a central city of the Yangtze River Delta, Jiaxing has an obligation to to inherit glorious revolutionary traditions. Currently, aided by the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta, Jiaxing is sailing towards a more promising future.