Guangxi Witnesses Brilliant 60 Years,Rides into New Era
——Warm Congratulations on the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region of China
The central delegation,led by Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), attended the ceremony of presenting souvenirs to Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region,Dec.9, 2018. The central delegation presented the region with souvenirs, including a plaque with an inscription by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.Wang Yang unveiled the plaque,alongside with Lu Xinshe, secretary of the CPC Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regional Committee.(Photo by Li Xueren/Xinhua)
60 years of changes, 60 years of achievements.
In 1958, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region was founded.
For the past 60 years, Guangxi has seen significant changes thanks to the tenacious efforts made by Guangxi people with their hearts and minds.
Today, Guangxi is stepping up efforts in opening-up, development, poverty alleviation and environmental protection. People live more happily here. Guangxi will become more open, more beautiful and more confident in the new era.
Great progress has been made through unity and hard work.
People of all ethnic groups in Guangxi worked together and worked hard for the development and construction. Today, with economic growth and social development at the best level in history, Guangxi’s total economic output in 2017 was 832 times that of 1958.
The Chinese government has attached great importance to Guangxi’s development. Beibu Gulf Economic Zone, Zhujiang– Xijiang Economic Belt, Zuojiang–Youjiang Revolutionary Base and Guilin International Tourist Attraction have all been upgraded to national strategies. Guangxi has witnessed leap-forward economic and social development.
A bullet train runs through Guangxi.
Liuzhou Minivan Factory, formerly known as Liuzhou Power Machinery Factory, began to mass produce minivans in 1985. At the beginning of this century, in order to break the bottleneck in development, Guangxi’s decision-makers transferred 75% of the equity of the enterprise to SAIC MOTOR Group for free without hesitation, thus contributing to the joint venture among Liuzhou Wuling Motors, SAIC MOTOR Group and General Motors China.
It was the decision, which was called “not for owning, but for using” by Guangxi people that made the “Wuling Legend” come true. SGMW became the first domestic automobile enterprise to produce and sell more than 2 million vehicles in 2015.It is estimated that if we tied up the sold Wuling cars end to end, the total length could circle the earth twice.
More Guangxi Records are showing the high-speed development of Guangxi: In 1978, the total industrial value of Guangxi was 6.998 billion RMB yuan, which was about five times that when the autonomous region was founded. By 2017, the figure was nearly 2.8 trillion, which was about 398 times of the figure in 1978. Infrastructure was notably improved, while transformation and upgrading were significantly accelerated. Three industrial structures in GDP were adjusted to 14.2:45.6:40.2 with a significantly increased contribution of the tertiary industry to economic growth. Industries with mainly operating income exceeding 100 billion yuan increased to 10.
By vigorously developing Internet Plus and intelligent manufacturing, Guangxi is striving to transform the manufacturing industry into an intelligent, green, networked and service-oriented one, and to enhance the competitiveness of traditional industries such as aluminum, machinery and metallurgy.
”With supply-side structural reform as the main line, we should devote efforts to developing industries through strengthening leading enterprises, completing the industrial chain, and forming an industry cluster. We should focus on innovation, brand building, and market expansion to improve industrial quality, efficiency, and competitiveness,” said Lu Xinshe, Secretary of the Party Committee of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
Guangxi is becoming a promising land for development and investment.
Prospects for opening-up and cooperation are broad.
Guangxi, with its beautiful mountains and rivers, belongs to the Lingnan (south of the Five Ridges) region of China. It is both a coastal and frontier region, and it has the location advantage.
In March 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged Guangxi to build international channels for China and ASEAN, to forge a new strategic pivot of opening-up and development for Southwestern and Central South China, and to shape an important revolving gate for 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Silk Road Economic Belt.
Guangxi is making greater use of its unique geographical advantages to build a new pattern of all-round opening-up and development and to build the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor that links with the Belt and Road Initiative.
Guangxi, which has many platforms of opening-up and cooperation, is welcoming unprecedented opportunities and is playing a more and more prominent role in China’s new pattern of all-round opening-up.
China-ASEAN Expo is the highest level international exhibition supported by the central government. Since 2014, China-ASEAN Expo has attracted more countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Meanwhile Guangxi has traded with 194 countries and regions, established 97 pairs of international sister cities and has successfully held a series of major international events.6 countries have set up Consulate-Generals in Nanning. World’s top 500 enterprises have entered Guangxi. ASEAN has been the largest trading partner of Guangxi for 17 consecutive years.
Guangxi has also developed into a major province of ports in China, with 21 first-class ports, 4 second-class ports and 12 land border ports. The total volume of cross-border RMB settlement ranks first among border and western provinces of China, and the first international trade “single window” system in western China has been built and operated in Guangxi.
Beautiful harmonious homeland has been built.
Guangxi is a beautiful place, just as Han Yu, a famous poet of Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) described in his poem: “South of Xiangjiang River, there’s a place full of Osmanthus trees. Rivers meander through here like green silk ribbons, while mountains like green jade hairpins.”
As the saying goes “East or west, Guilin scenery is the best.” However, besides Guilin, there are a lot of beautiful places in Guangxi: The Lingqu Canal, one of the greatest ancient projects echoes with the Great Wall. Beihai Silver Beach is famous around the world. Fengshan tiankengs, also known as giant karst sinkholes, are favored by explorers at home and abroad, which rank among the world’s largest. Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is among the World Cultural Heritage List, etc.
Guangxi boasts splendid culture. Guangxi belonged to Baiyue in ancient times. It has profound historic and cultural deposits. Farming culture, marine culture, border culture and ethnic culture coexist harmoniously here.
Folk songs of Zhuang ethnic group, dances of Yao ethnic group, traditional holidays of Miao ethnic group, and wooden buildings of Dong ethnic group etc., have their own beauty; While Nixing pottery of Qinzhou, shell carvings of Beihai ,bronze drums of Hechi and Zhuang brocade of Jingxi etc., have their own characteristics.
In 2014, Sanyuesan, celebrated on the third day of the third month of the Chinese lunar calendar, was designated as a public holiday in Guangxi. Hundreds of cultural activities are held annually during the festival.
People of all ethnic groups in Guangxi are enjoying the bright future of ethnic unity.
Guangxi is suitable for healthy living. Guangxi is one of the provinces and regions with the best ecological environment in China. Guangxi’s forest coverage reached 62.2 percent, with the vegetation quality and the improvement of vegetation ecology ranking first in China.
Guangxi is home to many ethnic groups. There are 12 native ethnic groups including Zhuang, Han, Yao, Miao, Dong etc., and 44 other ethnic groups. People of all nationalities in Guangxi have developed the characteristics of integration, openness and inclusiveness. For more than 10 years, ethnic relations in Guangxi have become the social development index with the highest satisfaction among the people. Guangxi has been praised by the central government as a model of ethnic unity and progress.
The picturesque scenery of Guangxi
Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is among the World Cultural Heritage List.
The picturesque scenery of Guangxi.
Connecting and integrating with other regions
Guangxi Steps Efforts to Build the New Land-Sea Corridor
Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is located in southwest China. It is adjacent to Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macao. It faces with Southeast Asia, and neighbors Beibu Gulf in the south.
In one minute, 326 tons of cargo can be handled in Beibu Gulf port; in one minute, Guangxi’s import and export volume to ASEAN can reach 344,000 yuan.
As reported by People’s Daily, Guangxi Beibu Gulf links with 11 countries and is positively interacting with the east, the middle and the west. Under the framework of the New Land-Sea Corridor, Guangxi will witness a new landscape of opening-up and development featuring stronger connectivity and integration with the other regions.
China and Singapore signed the MOU which officially renamed the Southern Transport Corridor as the New Land-Sea Corridor on November 12, 2018.
Under the frameworks of China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity, the New Land-Sea Corridor is performing at deeper levels and in wider areas with its construction expanded from logistics and infrastructure to the fields of data and finance. In addition to focusing on building a community of shared interests between western China and ASEAN, it will also promote cooperation among countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
As a vital port for maritime interconnectivity, the routes of Guangxi Beibu Gulf port has covered all major ports of ASEAN countries. It is a connection point for more than 200 ports of more than 100 countries and regions, creating a convenient maritime network. Guangxi Beibu Gulf port has become a key base for logistics in western China’s links with ASEAN countries.
Now, the annual handling capacity of Guangxi Beibu Gulf port exceeds 200 million tons, forming a major maritime gateway from the interior areas to Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and other places.
Cross-border highway transportation, sea-rail transportation and international railway transportation of the New Land-Sea Corridor have also been started operation and normalized. As a southward stretch of the China Sino Euro Cargo Railway program,(Chongqing)Vietnam international train was officially started operation in March. It goes through Nanning, exits from Pingxiang port and directs to Hanoi, Vietnam. The train goes deep into the interior areas of Indo-China Peninsula. In the future, it will reach Bangkok, Laos, Singapore and other places by Trans-Asian Railway, integrating with Indo-China Peninsula economic corridor deeply.
Furthermore, Pingxiang has become a key node of the New Land-Sea Corridor since Guangxi opened 3 logistic lines such as Pingxiang-Haiphone, Pingxiang-Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City, Pingxiang-Vietnam-Savannakhet-Mukdahan-Bukit Kayu Hitam, which are the shortest ones between China and Indo-China Peninsula by land.
A new pattern is emerging between Guangxi and ASEAN, of which the land-sea corridors complement and support each other.
Guangxi:People Enjoy Bright Future of Ethnic Unity
“You are a part of me and I am a part of you.” It is a vivid description of harmonious ethnic relations in Guangxi, which is also the foundation of Guangxi’s brilliant achievements in the 60 years’ development.
Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region was founded in 1958.People usually refer to Guangxi as Zhuangxiang (the hometown of the people with Zhuang nationality).
Guangxi, with a population of more than 56 million including over 20 million ethnic minorities (over 18 million Zhuang), is the province with the largest population of ethnic minorities in China.
12 native ethnic groups including Zhuang, Han, Yao, Miao, Dong etc., and 44 other ethnic groups live in harmony and work together here.
One set of data shows that the soil and water nourish the regional ethnic characters with “Enjoy our own beauty, accept other forms of beauty and appreciate every form of beauty with diversity and integrity”: In Guangxi, there are more than 1.3 million families whose members belong to more than two ethnic groups. People of all ethnic groups hold together like pomegranate seeds.
Over the past 60 years, the notable advantages of the CPC’s ethnic policy and the system of regional ethnic autonomy have been fully demonstrated in Guangxi. Guangxi adheres to poverty alleviation as the most important political responsibility, the largest project for people’s livelihood and the biggest development opportunity, and implements the strategy of targeted poverty relief with patience and accuracy akin to “doing embroidery”.
In recent years, Guangxi’s fiscal policies have been tilted towards areas inhabited by ethnic groups. The situation of “travelling on foot, getting light by burning candles, carrying water with shoulders and communicating by shouting” has completely changed. Poverty-stricken areas inhabited by ethnic groups are accelerating toward a moderately prosperous society.
Heart to heart, hand in hand. People of all ethnic groups in Guangxi are working together to build a model area for ethnic unity and progress and are enjoying the bright future of ethnic unity.
Menogga’s Garden, a dance drama deduces the legendary story of flower goddess. [Photo by Deng Hua/Guangxi Daily]
Sports industry is developing rapidly in Guangxi.