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Getting Deeply Involved in “Road and Belt” Initiative to Create a New Highland for Opening up and Cooperation

Getting Deeply Involved in “Road and Belt” Initiative to Create a New Highland for Opening up and Cooperation—A Review of Mind Emancipating and High-quality Development of Changchun City 

 

Changchun, an economy that managed to have maintained a rate of more than 7% in GDP growth for 11 consecutive quarters, is guided by Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and has been emancipating the mind, grabbing the opportunities, innovating development and overcoming difficulties, thereby becoming a unique landscape along the road of “one belt and one road”. 

According to the data released by Changchun Municipal Bureau of Statistics on November 29, 2018, the total import and export volume of Changchun City reached RMB90.76 billion from January to October last year, an increase of 15.3% over the same period last year. 

The growth of foreign trade of Changchun City has reached its highest level since 2013. 

The analysis shows that the import and export volume of Changchun City with such countries along the “Belt and Road” Initiative as Germany and Czech has been growing steadily and rapidly, accounting for over 50% of the total import and export volume of the city. 

With development dimension broadened through mind emancipating, and open development concept of “securing a foothold in Jilin, looking at the whole country and reaching out to the world” insisted, Changchun has become deeply integrated into the construction of “Belt and Road” Initiative, and is now striding forward on the road to create a new inland highland for opening up in the region of Northeast Asia. 

Strategy of the City: In Deep Integration with “Belt and Road” Initiative 

The “Belt and Road” Initiative is a new platform for global cooperation and development advocated by China and has received a thorough recognition from the countries along the belt and the road. It is also a strategic opportunity for Changchun to comprehensively enhance the level of opening up and build a central city in the region of Northeast Asia. 

The CPC Changchun Municipal Committee and the People’s Government of Changchun City have been attaching great importance to the “Belt and Road” Initiative. 

On September 12, 2018, Wang Junzheng, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Jilin Provincial Committee and Secretary of the CPC Changchun Municipal Committee, chaired the meeting for the members of the Standing Committee of the CPC Changchun Municipal Committee. Wang stressed that the whole city should further emancipate minds and renew ideas, actively integrate into the construction of the “Belt and Road” Initiative, enhance the level of opening up to the outside world, and strive to make Changchun a new inland highland for opening up in the region of Northeast Asia. 

To achieve the goal, Changchun has steadily promoted the construction of such opening up platforms as Changchun New Area and Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Area, adhered to the combination of “Usher in” and “Go out”, further promoted investment and intelligence attraction, built international cooperation parks, and promoted more advantageous projects, technologies and talents to gather in Changchun. 

The ability of utilizing “two markets and two resources” has been reinforced, and measures have been taken to make full use of such opening channels as “Changchun-Manzhouli-Europe” Line and such advantageous industries as high speed rail and automobile to intensify the market development, and speed up the development of cross-border e-commerce business, and cultivate new economic growth points in the countries along the belt and the road. 

Accurate opening strategy, advantageous location conditions and sustainable and healthy development of the economy have become the glue for more interactions between Changchun and the countries included in the “Belt and Road” Initiative.  

In Changchun, there are three parks for international cooperation with Germany, Russia and ROK which are helping usher in talents, technologies and projects needed for economic transformation and upgrading of Changchun City.  

The China-Germany Industrial Park and Jilin General Machinery Co., Ltd. have actively implemented the strategy of “Going out”, successively acquired two enterprises in Germany and France, and jointly invested with the two enterprises to establish a joint venture company in Changchun due to which the aluminum forging production line was ushered in. Through “introduction, imitation, digestion, absorption, innovation and creation”, Changchun has embarked on a road of development featuring “overseas acquisitions to promote Made in China”.  

Expanding Channels: Trading with 157 Countries and Regions 

On the stage of opening up to the outside world, Changchun has a particularly enchanting posture. 

From September 3 to 5 last year, 287 representatives of 181 enterprises from 20 countries and regions included in the “Belt and Road” Initiative visited to seek opportunities for cooperation in Changchun City during which 14 cooperation intentions became contracted projects totaling RMB34.22 billion. 

The delegation of Changchun City received nearly 20,000 purchasers at the 124th Canton Fair from October 15 to November 4, 2018 during which brought about USD125 million trade volume including about USD40 million from the countries included in the “Belt and Road” Initiative. 

On November 6, the second day of 1st China International Import Expo, six enterprises from Changchun City including Eurasia Group, Yatai Group and Xilong Displays signed procurement projects of high-quality agricultural products, advanced production lines and high-end medical equipment with New Zealand, Singapore, Germany and Japan. 

“This is the result of Changchun's insistence on ‘starting from the basic facts of the province, catching up with the developed domestic counterparts and reaching out to the world’, constantly optimizing the business environment and accelerating the construction of a central city in the region of Northeast Asia,” said Ren Honglei, Spokesman of Changchun Municipal Bureau of Commerce. 

Interacting with the economies along the “Belt and Road” has brought about a new energy of motion for the high-quality development of Changchun in the new era. 

The ability of Changchun’s economy in participating in global competition has improved remarkably. At present, Changchun has had more than 1,100 import and export enterprises, established partnerships with 157 countries and regions for exporting 1,721 kinds of commodities and importing 1,854 kinds. In addition to consolidating the traditional markets in Asia, Europe and the United States, the enterprises of Changchun City have taken the construction of the “Belt and Road” as a chance to expand emerging markets in Russia and its neighboring countries, ASEAN and Africa, which in turn has further expanded the channels for participating in global competition. 

Focus on Core: Highlighting Window Engine Status of Bonded Area  

Changchun represents the level of opening up of Jilin Province and the Xinglong Bonded Area decides the extent of opening up of Changchun City. 

As the 19th comprehensive bonded area in China and the only one in Jilin Province, Changchun Xinglong comprehensive Bonded Area, in line with the strategic orientation of “creating a new window for Jilin’s opening up to the outside world, building a new engine for regional industrial optimization and upgrading, and building a new platform for international trade and economic and technological cooperation”, has been emancipating the mind, brave to renovate, actively setting up a new pattern for all-round opening up, and constantly enlarging the role as an engine for the development of regional economy, thereby becoming a bridgehead for the whole province to get involved in the “Belt and Road” Initiative and northward and southward opening up. 

At 11:00 on November 23, 2018, a large number of heavy trucks loaded with goods gathered at the entrance of Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Area. After these goods left the factories abroad, they were shipped and then transported to the warehouse of the bonded area, and then moved to the commodity exhibition and trading center, making it possible for the local residents to “buy commodities from all over the world without going out of the country". 

It is also inside the bonded area that the “Changchun-Manzhouli- Europe” International Railway Freight Line from Changchun to Schwarzheider, Germany, is constructing an international logistics channel across Eurasia with the frequency of once a week for sending goods after arrival. The bonded freight train from Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Area to Dalian has realized the sea-rail intermodal connected to Dalian Port. The railway intermodal transport from Changchun to Vladivostok, Russia, has formed a special international transport line of Jilin Province to Russia. The cross-border e-commerce freight charter flights from Changchun to Moscow and Ulaanbaatar have been opened. The planning of charter flights to Germany has been officially launched. 

“Under the background of deepening the reform on a national scale, strengthening international economic and trade cooperation, and the construction of ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative, the Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Area has continuously opened up new channels and improved the functions of all kinds of opening up platforms. The role in serving the export-oriented economy of the whole province has become increasingly noticeable. The functional pattern of opening up of Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Area has taken shape,” said the leader of Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Area.  

The Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Area is becoming a strong core of Changchun City and even Jilin Province to get deeply involved in the “Belt and Road” Initiative, and build a new pattern of all-round opening up to the outside world. 

Shortly after the national cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot area was approved, Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Area reached a cooperative intention with a Japanese company for the construction of Xinglong China-Japan Cross-border E-commerce Entrepreneurship and Innovation Industrial Park. 

The introduction of one project after another and the development of different businesses have made Changchun deeply involved in “Belt and Road” Initiative. And Changchun is becoming a new high highland of a new round of cooperation and opening up, and thus rising as a central city in the region of Northeast Asia.