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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Monday, September 16 2019 - 15:37
Innovative Hunan Embracing the World -- China's Foreign Ministry hosting global promotion to introduce Hunan's achievements in development
BEIJING, Sept. 16, 2019 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On September 12, China's Foreign Ministry held a global promotion event under 
the theme China in the New Era: Innovative Hunan Embracing the World.

The promotion, jointly organized by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the 
People's Government of Hunan Province, aims at showcasing significant 
achievements in economic and social development that Hunan has made since the 
founding of the People's Republic of China. It shows how the province promotes 
the Belt and Road Initiative and improves the layout of development by 
leveraging the geographical strengths of Hunan as it connects the eastern 
coastal region with central and western regions, and the Yangtze River Economic 
Belt with the open coastal economic belt. The move will ensure an enabling 
platform for various parties to gain a deeper understanding of Hunan and to 
expand cooperation.

Hunan Province, or "Xiang" for short, holds the key to central China's 
transportation. Known as the cradle of the Chinese revolution, it is home to 
many great souls. The province, as it grows over time, has opened itself to 
draw strengths from others with a pioneering, innovative spirit. This is how a 
distinguished and profound culture is fostered.

Here in Hunan, people will be amazed to find out the reason that the Bronze Age 
in ancient south China prospered three millennia ago, and appreciate the 
2,000-year-old Chinese woman named Xin Zhui, or Lady Dai, one of the most 
well-preserved mummies in the world. Also, people can spend some leisure time 
strolling in the 1,000-year-old Yuelu Academy or enjoy the immersive experience 
of the shooting site of the "Hallelujah Mountains" in the Hollywood blockbuster 
Avatar in Zhangjiajie. If people want to understand rural China's economic 
upgrade, Shibadong village is a must-go place since it represents the epitome 
of China's precision poverty alleviation policy targeting western Hunan. By 
watching first-hand the building of such projects as Yuelu Mountain College 
Town and Malanshan Video Cultural and Creative Community, people will see a 
thriving Hunan.

Over recent years, Hunan has been committed to innovation-driven opening up and 
rising in its pursuit of development. Fresh successes have thus been made in 
such areas as science and technology, production, culture and innovation in 
poverty alleviation, ensuring high-quality growth. Like other parts of China, 
Hunan, for the past 70 years, has been proud of its own achievements, with its 
GDP jumping from 1.77 billion yuan in 1949 to 3.64 trillion yuan and ranking 
eighth in the country and its per capita GDP rising from less than USD 10 to 
USD 8,000.

Hunan continues to promote innovation and openness as it speeds up efforts to 
pursue a high-quality development. In this connection, the province acts to 
move up the industrial chain by collaborating with Fortune Global 500 companies 
and shapes a sound international and market-oriented business environment based 
on the rule of law. Now, Hunan has forged trading relationships with over 200 
countries and regions and drawn investment or projects of 173 Fortune Global 
firms, while more than 1,500 Hunan companies have expanded their business in 92 
countries and regions, with total outbound investment reaching USD 23.382 

State-of-the-art technologies such as super computer, super hybrid rice, 
magnetic levitation, Beidou Navigation Satellite System and deep-sea drilling, 
and the thriving intelligent manufacturing have become the most shining "brand 
names" of Hunan as it continues to promote innovation. On top of that, about 
half of core components for the China-made high-speed train are produced in 
Hunan; in every 10 Chinese small-size aero-engines, nine are produced in Hunan, 
which contributes 80% of the global concrete machinery production. Liuyang is 
responsible for 60% of China's exports of firework. Meanwhile, other Hunan 
cities, such as Liling and Zhuzhou command global market share in ceramic cups 
and electric locomotives of 25% and 20%, respectively.

An innovative and open Hunan is a land of hope, promising bright future for 
business and drawing much attention from many major cities across the world. 
The 2019 China (Changsha) International Construction Equipment Exhibition, for 
instance, invited 1,152 Chinese and foreign enterprises in construction 
equipment. And the first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo was a great 
success for Hunan since it was attended by a number of exhibitors from 53 
countries and a dozen of international organizations and institutions.

Source: The People's Government of Hunan Province

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   Caption: A foreign guest is being briefed at the smart manufacturing section