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Xi pushes for Yangtze River Delta integration

  • On Thursday, while in Anhui, Xi chaired a symposium on integrating the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region.

    Some context: The YRD consists of Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Anhui. Integrating the region is one of Xi’s pet projects. It has gained momentum following a Politburo meeting on the issue in May 2019 (see May 14, 2019 Tip Sheet).

    Xi’s vision (Xinhua 2):

    • “[An] Integrated approach and measures should be taken to break administrative barriers, enhance policy coordination, and enable the smooth flow of production factors on a larger scale.”
    Xi also wants the YRD to lead the way in strategic emerging industries
  • “Xi urged the provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang as well as Shanghai to prioritize key areas and major fields including integrated circuit[s], biomedicine, [and] artificial intelligence.”
Xi stressed that this is a long-term initiative.
  • “The integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta will not be achieved overnight, Xi said.”

Get smart: The lack of a unified national market is one of the biggest drags on overall economic efficiency. If Xi’s regional integration push can address that problem, it will improve the medium and long-term economic outlook.
 

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Xinhua 1: 第一观察丨总书记就这项战略首开座谈会,有何新部署?

Xinhua 2: Xi Focus: Xi stresses advancing integrated, high-quality development of Yangtze River Delta

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