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China's Southern Provinces, Regions Unveil Comprehensive Integration Plan Linked to Belt and Road
Yicai Global
DATE:  Jun 16 2017
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
China's Southern Provinces, Regions Unveil Comprehensive Integration Plan Linked to Belt and Road China's Southern Provinces, Regions Unveil Comprehensive Integration Plan Linked to Belt and Road

(Yicai Global) June 16 -- China's two southern provinces and one autonomous region, Guizhou, Guangdong and Guangxi, will pro-actively respond to the Belt and Road Initiative to ensure the coastal opening-up in order to drive the inland areas' development by cooperating with the Pan-Pearl River Delta region, based on the Pearl River-Xijiang River economic belt platform linked by high-speed railways.

The development and reform committees of the above-mentioned three provinces have jointly promulgated the "Development Planning of Guiyang-Guangzhou High-speed Railway Economic Belt (2016-2025)," state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. The plan indicates that the three provinces will expedite interconnection between their high-speed railways and the pivotal infrastructures in the surrounding areas to accomplish the connection of cross-border channels and integration of the economic belt with the Chongqing-Sinkiang-Europe International Railway, Nanning-Singapore, BCIM and other major cross-border economic cooperation zones to build the economic belt into a key transitional zone under the Belt and Road Initiative.

The plan also calls for bringing the pace-setting role of Guangdong Free Trade Zone into full play, innovating and developing the open economy of the inland areas, accelerating the construction of comprehensive bonded zones along the high-speed railways in well-positioned cities, leveraging the 'bridgehead' role of Guangzhou and Foshan and deepening the reform of customs clearance integration in the regions along the high-speed railways to achieve integration of regional customs clearance and inspection and quarantine.

The Guiyang-Guangzhou high-speed railway covers three provinces/regions (Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou), nine cities (prefectures) and 23 counties (cities and districts). It is a fast channel facilitating the traffic of Southwest China to the southern coastal regions. Through the efficient integration with the railways of Jiaozuo-Liuzhou, Hunan-Guangxi, Luoyang-Zhanjiang, Guizhou-Chongqing, the Guiyang-Guangzhou high-speed railway is expected to become one of the key pivots that connects the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21-century Maritime Silk Road Initiative.

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Keywords:   BELT AND ROAD,High-Speed Railway,Train,Economic Integration,Pearl River Delta,Cooperation,Link,Guangzhou,Guizhou,Guangxi,DEVELOPMENT,Reform,Planning