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Friday, November 25 2022 - 14:07
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Baise, Guangxi: Twenty Years of Hard Work to the Frontier of Opening Up and Cooperation on the Border of South China
BAISE, China, Nov. 25, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On November 2, the press conference on the 20th anniversary of the 
establishment of Baise City was held in Nanning, Guangxi. In the past 20 years, 
Baise has insisted on giving priority to industry and made every effort to 
promote the high-quality development of strong industry, characteristic 
agriculture and modern service industry. With the total output value growing 
8.5 times, the total volume of import and export trade increasing by 44 times, 
and the scale of aluminum industry reaching RMB 100 billion, Baise successively 
won the honorary titles of "Top Tourist City of China" and "National Garden 
City".

Located in the west of Guangxi, Baise is a prefecture-level city with the 
largest border area between China and Vietnam, and also an important frontier 
city for China to open and cooperate with ASEAN countries, according to the 
Publicity Department of Baise City. Over the past 20 years, Baise has seized 
opportunities, carried forward reform and innovation and forged ahead, 
significantly enhancing the overall strength of the city, greatly changing the 
appearance of urban and rural areas, substantially improving the people's 
living standards, and achieving a great success in development and opening up. 
Public services such as employment, education, medical care, housing, maternity 
and old-age services have been well guaranteed and continuously improved, and 
the well-being of the people has been greatly improved. Its revitalization of 
industry has been developed rapidly and steadily, a regional power grid in 
Baise has been constructed and a national demonstration base for ecological 
aluminum industry has been built, with the scale of aluminum industry reaching 
RMB 100 billion. As its featured agriculture has been developed in an 
accelerated manner, Baise mango becomes one of the first 100 geographical 
indication products protected by European Union in China. Baise has pushed 
forward comprehensive management of mountains, rivers, forests, fields, lakes 
and grasses, and increased the forest coverage from 42.3% in 2002 to 73% in 
2021, winning the honorary titles of "National Forest City" and "National Model 
City for Greening".

Meanwhile, Baise persists in reform and opening up, and constantly improves the 
level of opening up. Baise Key Development and Opening Pilot Zone was approved 
to be set up, making it China's first prefecture-level city-wide key 
development and opening pilot zone along the border. Longbang Port was upgraded 
to an international port and opened up the Naxi Corridor. Locals living by both 
sides of the border trade with each other and the output value of on-site 
processing of import goods ranks first in Guangxi. The international channel 
towards ASEAN has been further opened.

In addition, the construction of a batch of opening up and cooperation 
platforms, including Guangxi Aluminum Products Warehousing and Trading Center 
and Jingxi Border Economic Cooperation Zone, has been accelerated. The 
"Baise-1" train has successfully connected with China-Europe Railway Express, 
and foreign trade has developed rapidly. Baise has become one of the important 
node cities facing ASEAN and connecting the "Belt and Road".

Facing the future, Baise will persist in opening up for development, build 
Baise Key Development and Opening Pilot Zone with high quality, and accelerate 
the construction of such platforms as the Border Economic Cooperation Zone and 
the Cross-province (District) Economic Park. Besides, Baise will actively 
integrate into the "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area - Beibu Gulf 
Economic Zone - ASEAN" cross-regional and cross-border industrial chain supply 
chain and build a new pattern of higher-level opening up and cooperation.

Source: The Publicity Department of Baise City

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