Anhui opens to the world
B eijing : Anhui is on its way to becoming a new frontier in the opening-up of China's inland regions and an important connection point of the Belt and Road Initiative through its rivers.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Party Secretary of Anhui province Mr Li Jinbin (centre) with diplomatic corps and international agencies visit the Anhui province event.
Party Secretary of Anhui province Mr Li Jinbin said at a Chinese Foreign Ministry event last week that it is an important part of several key national development strategies.
The event has attracted the attention of foreign diplomats in China, representatives of international organisations, multinational companies as well as international media.
“The development strategies include the Belt and Road Initiative and the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone,” he said.
Anhui's authorities expect to use the event to showcase Anhui's business environment to international investors, attractions for foreign tourists and the province's determination to integrate into the global economy.
The province is at the crossroads linking China's eastern, central and western regions through a comprehensive transportation system consisting of waterways, highways, railways and airports.
Anhui is on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, the golden waterway of China. It also has a large number of river ports linking to the world via Pacific shipping routes to the east, as well as China's central and western regions along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Silk Road Economic Belt .
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, about 70 percent of fruit exported from Southeast Asian Countries is consumed by Anhui people.
Governor of Anhui province Mr Li Guoying in his speech said the province had a population of 70.2 million and its GDP in 2016 was 2.4 trillion yuan about (US$3,631 billion), an annual increase of 8.7 percent.
The high speed railway enables people in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui province, to travel to Nanjing in one hour, Shanghai in three hours and Beijing in four hours.
The province is famous for producing household appliances and automobiles, strong in agriculture, and rich in mineral resources.
Its production of washing machines and refrigerators ranks it first in China, while in TVs and air-conditioners it ranks second and fourth respectively.
Currently, the province produces more than one million vehicles annually and has been the top Chinese region for automotive exports for many years.
(Latest Update April 19, 2017)