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30 years on, China's Pudong embarks on new journey under Xi's leadership


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for new roles and new missions for Shanghai's Pudong as the country celebrates the 30th anniversary of the area's development and opening-up.

XinhuaUpdated: November 13, 2020

Aerial photo taken on July 3, 2020 shows the testing vehicles at Shanghai Lin-gang Autonomous and Informationalized Vehicle Integrative Testing and Demonstration Zone at Pudong New Area in Shanghai, east China. [Photo/Xinhua]

New missions

The coming 30 years, from now to the middle of the 21st century, will be a time for China to build a great modern socialist country, Xi stressed, calling on Pudong to play new roles and accomplish new missions in the new march.

All-out efforts should be made to make the innovation engine stronger and explore new horizons of independent innovation, Xi said.

He urged the achievement of major innovations in basic science and technology and breakthroughs in key and core technologies. He also called for speeding up the creation of world-class industrial clusters in sectors including integrated circuits, bio-medicine and artificial intelligence.

He stressed a coordinated approach in promoting reforms in key areas and links and the creation of a world-class business environment that is market-oriented, law-based and internationalized.

Xi also stressed creating new advantages in global cooperation and competition, as well as advancing opening-up, with institutional guarantees in the areas of management, standards, rules and norms.

Pudong should give more significance to the role of the Lingang area of the Shanghai pilot FTZ and speed up the joint building of a global shipping hub together with the Yangtze River Delta region, Xi said.

Efforts should also go into strengthening the capability of mobilizing global resources and serve the establishment of the new development pattern, and enhance the global influence on mobilizing factors including funds, information, technology, skills and goods, Xi said.

Xi urged Pudong to establish an international financial-asset trading platform, develop a higher-level headquarters economy, and build itself into an important hub of global industrial, supply and value chains.

The president also called for modernizing urban governance, opening up new prospects for urban construction of, for and by the people, and exploring a megacity development path that reflects Chinese features and the characteristics of the times, while highlighting the advantages of China's socialist system.

Noting that Shanghai is the birthplace of the CPC, Xi stressed passing on the traditions of revolution and acting on the party's original aspirations and missions.

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