Shanghai approves ambitious plan to develop in 5 core areas



Shanghai approves ambitious plan to develop in 5 core areas

Chen Zhengbao

Li Qiang (center), Shanghai’s Party secretary, speaks during a panel discussion on the sidelines of the fourth plenary session of the 11th Shanghai Committee of the Communist Party of China yesterday. He said Shanghai will need to develop in five core areas — economy, finance, trade, shipping, and scientific and technological innovation — in the next five years.

Shanghai yesterday approved an ambitious “future and global-oriented” plan to become a city of global excellence and a modern international metropolis with world influence.

The Shanghai Committee of the Communist Party of China said the city must improve its capacity and core competitiveness as it takes on the tasks entrusted by the central government, including enhancing its development as global centers for economy, finance, trade, shipping and innovation, serving the Belt and Road Initiative, promoting integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region, deepening free trade zone reforms, and carrying out further reform and opening-up.

Li Qiang, the city’s Party secretary, emphasized at yesterday’s fourth plenary session of the 11th CPC Shanghai Committee that Shanghai will need to develop in five core areas — economy, finance, trade, shipping, and scientific and technological innovation — in the next five years to improve its attraction, creativity and competitiveness.

In 10 years, it aims to have the city’s capacity in the five areas “comprehensively increased and become a relatively influential member in the global city network.”

By 2035, Shanghai should have developed itself into “a city of global excellence that matches China’s comprehensive strength and international status, an admirable innovative, cultural and ecological city, a Socialist modern international metropolis with global influence, and a leading city in a world-class metropolis cluster.”

To enhance the city’s capacity and core competitiveness, the city will need to make new breakthroughs in core functions as a global center of economy, finance, trade, shipping and innovation.

In the economic area, it will seek high-quality development and promote economic size and efficiency by improving its economic density and input-output rate, according to the committee.

Shanghai will accelerate establishment of an industrial system to develop the economy, scientific and technological innovation, modern financing, and human resources industries.

It will focus on the modern services, advanced manufacturing and strategic emerging industries, and develop intelligence-intensive industries to reduce simple and repetitive labor and promote unmanned models.

In finance, the key task is to enhance Shanghai’s capability in allocating global finance resources. It will also quicken the opening of finance market for participation of overseas investors and encourage diversified cooperation between the domestic and overseas markets.

International and Chinese financial institutions will be wooed to set up headquarters in Shanghai. The city also intends to create several important asset-management agencies to set up a global center.

To improve its function as an international trade center, it will develop high-level “headquarters economy” by encouraging headquarters of multinational companies to expand their function and capacity.

As an international shipping center, the city will focus on high-end services to promote Shanghai’s shipping brand. It will attract famous shipping service providers and international shipping organizations, carry out innovation in system, business model and technology, and develop shipping finance to promote its capacity in relocating shipping resources.

It will also improve its capacity as an aviation hub, expand the coverage of its airline network and promote the construction of an airport cluster in the Yangtze River Delta.

It will promote the development of cruise industry and build an international cruise home port.

To build itself as an international center for science and technology innovation, it should focus on leading-edge researches and strive to be a global source of new academic thoughts, new scientific findings, new technological inventions and new development trends. It will actively promote science research programs.

The city will also focus on eight other areas — mechanism innovation, opening-up, branding, innovation and entrepreneurship, global network, development platform, talent aggregation and quality life.

Truck drivers strike across China



Truck drivers strike across China, shout ‘overthrow the CPC’

Truck drivers demand lower gas prices and no more police harassment


By Scott Morgan,Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Truckers block road in protest (Screenshot from RFA YouTube video)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Mass protests have erupted across 9 provinces and municipalities in China as truck drivers voice their anger over high costs, decreasing wages and police harassment.

Some truck drivers shouted “overthrow the CPC”, reports said.

The strike began on Thursday June 8 in Xiushui County (修水县), Jiangxi Province (江西省) and quickly spread to Shandong Province (山东省).

Truck drivers are angry about high gasoline prices, excessive highway tolls, changing government policies and police harassment.

The protesters demand lower gasoline prices, higher freight fees and a fair go from traffic police, who regularly harass and fine the truck drivers, reported Liberty Times.

Drivers also want better working conditions.

(Video from Radio Free Asia)

Reports suggest strikes are still underway in Anhui (安徽), Guizhou (貴州), Hubei (湖北), Jiangxi (江西), Shandong (山東) and Zhejiang (浙江) provinces.

Strikes are also underway in Chongqing (重慶) and Shanghai municipalities (上海), according to Voice of America.

Protestors are meeting on national highways and in parking lots.

China’s roads are highly congested with strikes having the potential to cause significant delays and to interrupt supply chains.

Official Chinese media or government departments are yet to comment.

(Video from Guo Wengui’s (郭文贵) YouTube channel)

China must accelerate implementation of big data strategy: Xi



China must accelerate implementation of big data strategy: Xi


Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the country to accelerate implementation of big data strategy to better serve social and economic development and improve people’s lives.

Efforts should be made to advance national big data strategy, improve digital infrastructure, promote integration and sharing of digital resources, and safeguard data security, Xi said during a collective study session of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee’s Political Bureau on Friday.

“We should target cutting-edge technology and mobilize prime resources to make breakthroughs in developing core big data technology, and accelerate building an independent and controllable industrial chain, value chain and eco-system of big data,” said Xi, who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

He called for building high-speed, mobile, ubiquitous and safe information infrastructure, integrating government and social data resources, and improving the collection of fundamental information and important information resources in key areas.

The market should play a key role in the mission, and data must work as a bridge to integrate production, study and research. A group of pioneering companies and a varied and diverse talent workforce should be established, he said.

Xi underscored the importance of building a digital economy with data as a key factor, highlighting the fact that research on and use of big data is indispensable in building a modern economy.

The Internet, big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the real economy should be interconnected. Industrialization and the use of information should be integrated deeper, according to Xi.

Xi also emphasized the necessity of using big data to improve governance. A nationwide information-sharing platform should be set up with the use of e-government and smart city systems.

He also ordered efforts to improve Internet governance and clean up cyberspace.

Xi urged better use of big data in improving people’s wellbeing, calling for the advancement of “Internet plus education,” “Internet plus medical treatment” and “Internet plus culture” to further ensure citizens’ equitable access to public services.

He stressed solving problems, especially prominent problems concerning people’s wellbeing, urging the widespread use of big data in areas such as education, employment, social security, medicine and the healthcare system, housing and transportation.

Big data should also be used extensively in implementing targeted poverty reduction and environmental protection, he added.

Efforts should be made to safeguard the nation’s data security, Xi said, urging strengthened ability to protect the nation’s crucial data resources, speed up relevant legislation, and improve protection of data property rights.

Protection of technical patents, digital copyrights and individual privacy should be enhanced to safeguard people’s interests, social stability and national security, said Xi.

He stressed increasing research on international data governance rules.

He urged leading officials at all levels to intensively study big data and improve their ability to use big data in their work.

Central Communist Party Central Committee Wants Country Ruled By Law And Virtue


Xi calls for ruling country based on law, virtue

XI Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has called for ruling the country based on both law and virtue.

Xi made the remarks Friday at a group study attended by members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.