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Nantong's prospects good for 2013  

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By Ding Congrong and Yang Cheng ( China Daily)

Nantong's prospects good for 2013

The Sutong Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge in the world, was opened to traffic in Nantong on June 30, 2008. The bridge helps integrate Nantong into a one-hour traffic circle with Shanghai. Photos Provided to China Daily

Nantong's prospects good for 2013

Opened on Dec 24, 2011, the Chongqi Bridge links Qidong in Nantong with Pudong in Shanghai.

Nantong's prospects good for 2013

Oil drilling in Nantong. City leaders consider oceaneering a strategic industry.

Nantong's prospects good for 2013

The Haohe River circles around the old town of Nantong. The Haohe Scenic Area is a national 5A scenic area.

Nantong's prospects good for 2013

The sun rises in Langshan Mountain, southern Nantong. The mountain is one of the top 10 scenic areas in Jiangsu province.

Nantong's prospects good for 2013

Authorities in the city of Nantong, Jiangsu province, have high hopes for the new year.

"The city expects to take the lead in the province in terms of prosperity and grow into an economic powerhouse in the northern part of the Yangtze River Delta," said Zhang Guohua, deputy Party chief of Nantong, a city located in the southeastern part of East China's Jiangsu province not far from Shanghai, the nation's financial center.

Leaders in this rising coastal power predict the output of the city's core industries alone will hit 1 trillion yuan ($160 billion) in 2013.

Zhang said the goal for industrial output is ambitious, but the city has the necessary strength to reach it in the near future.

Over the course of its long history, the city has been a pioneer in many respects.

The city opened the nation's first normal school, the first private museum as well as the first schools of embroidery, textile and drama and for deaf-mutes, and the first meteorological station.

Its historically solid economic foundations have helped the city to stay at the forefront of development.

The city, located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, has often been called "the Shanghai of the North", because of its economic prowess.

The city was one of the first 14 coastal cities to embrace China's reform and opening-up, and it has been a key area ever since. It has been one of the largest beneficiaries of national strategies designed to boost development in coastal Jiangsu and integrate cities around the Yangtze River Delta.

The city has been honored with a series of awards and titles, including National-level Civilization City, National Hygiene City, China's Top City in Safety Protection, National Excellent Tourism City, one of the Top 100 Cities in Investment Environment, and one of the Chinese Cities with the Most Investment Potential in the Eyes of Multinationals.

In addition to its prime investment environment, the city has a number of geographical advantages.

It is touted as one of the most promising urban areas in the Yangtze River Delta, China's fastest-growing economic region.

Only 90 km from metropolitan Shanghai, the city is located where the coastline converges with important waterways. Some 166 kilometers of the city is located along riverbanks, and it has a coastline that stretches 203 km.

The port of Nantong links 11 provinces in China and operates lines to major ports around the world.

The Sutong Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge in the world, was opened to traffic in 2008. The Chongqi Bridge, linking Qidong in Nantong and Pudong in Shanghai was opened in 2011. The two bridges have integrated Nantong into a one-hour metropolitan circle with Shanghai.

Construction will begin soon on the Shanghai-Nantong Railway, which will eventually form a portion of a four-railway network serving the economically powerful Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta regions.

Operations have begun at Nantong's new deepwater ports, Yangkou and Lusi, which each has a handling capacity of more than 100,000 tons.

Also, development has been completed on a new town in Tongzhou Bay that has an estimated handling capacity of 300,000 tons.

A major renovation project at the Xingdong Airport, a supplementary airport for Shanghai, is approaching completion. Once it is finished, the airport will be capable of accommodating large Boeing 747 aircraft.

In addition to its prime location, the city boasts abundant land, water, power and human resource advantages.

The city ranks among the top in the nation in terms of total volume of freshwater resources. It has eight universities and colleges, which currently enroll a total of 110,000 students.

Nantong has 15 provincial-level development parks, including the Nantong, Hai'an and Haimen economic and technological development zones.

Also located in the city is a bonded logistics zone jointly operated by China and Singapore called the Su-Tong Science and Technology Park. The national-level park has a planned area of 50 sq km.

Construction is currently under way on a number of other parks, including the Xi-Tong Science & Technology Industrial Park, the Shanghai Shibei-Nantong Hi-Tech Town, the Haibao Industrial Park, the Shanghai Waigaoqiao (Qidong) Industrial Park, the Shanghai Yangpu (Hai'an) Industrial Park.

Ding Dawei, Party head of Nantong, said the city has reduced the red tape for businesspeople and investors by streamlining a batch of procedures.

According to a report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the city's government service quality ranked first among Chinese cities. Nantong has been recognized time and again by the international community as an ideal place for investment and a safe city for launching a business with ease.

In 2013, the city is anticipating 11 percent growth in both GDP and local revenue. It is also projected that there will be a 6 percent increase in trade and a 13 percent surge in disposable income for citizens and farmers.

Statistics indicated that local GDP in Nantong recently reached 455 billion yuan, up 11.5 percent.

Local revenue hit 105.6 billion yuan, up 12.3 percent, and trade value hit $26.3 billion, up 1.9 percent. The actually utilized overseas investment reached $2.2 billion, up 1.8 percent.

Economic pillars

Zhang said that the city is fostering some major emerging sectors, including oceaneering, new energy, new material, biopharmaceuticals, smart equipment, environmental protection, energy conservation, software and service outsourcing.

He also expects the city's shipbuilding, energy, equipment, electronic information, oil, pharmaceuticals, textiles and light industry to grow ever stronger and drive its competitiveness on a global scale.

Nantong is one of five shipbuilding centers in China and it has achieved 20 "firsts" for China and the global industry. Its shipbuilding industry and oceaneering centers have been listed as national-level model centers.

In 2012, Nantong had 431 shipbuilding firms that were of considerable scale. Its accumulated industrial output hit 148.3 billion yuan.

The information technology sector grew by an average annual rate of 20 percent. Its electronic appliances generated an industrial value of 140.2 billion yuan. Currently, 17 varieties of products made in Nantong meet international standards and 10 are among the leading level in China.

Nantong's alternative energy sector has gained strong momentum.

It has the nation's largest wind farm in terms of generation capacity and it is the country's largest wind power hub on the coast.

As of the end of 2012, the installed wind power capacity had hit 1 million kilowatts and by 2015 the figure is expected to top 2 million kWs.

The city is also credited for its biomass power generation. Power stations with a 25,000 kW biomass power generation capacity and a 30,000 kW waste power generation capacity have been set up. In the next five years, a project with a tidal power generation capacity of 35,000 kW will be constructed soon.

Nantong drew international attention when its solar production capacity reached 808 megawatts last year.

Thanks to the arrival of a series of refinery and chemistry companies in recent years, including Japanese companies like Pola and Mitsubishi Rayon as well as domestic firms Xingchen, an oil and pharmaceutical sector is starting Nantong.

In an industrial park near the Yangkou port, a 15-sq-km facility is being constructed that will be capable of refining 10 million tons of oil and producing 1 million tons of ethylene annually.

In the software and service outsourcing sector, the city has set up four provincial-level software and IT service parks.

Call centers have been established in the city for leading firms, including Ctrip, Baidu, Google and Tencent.

Contact the writers at dingcongrong@chinadaily.com.cn and yangcheng@chinadaily.com.cn

(China Daily 03/06/2013 page12)

China Daily:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2013-03/06/content_16281169.htm

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