Jiaxing: Model for high quality development
Wuzhen, a river town in Jiaxing, East China's Zhejiang province, is the permanent site for the World Internet Conference. [Photo/VCG]
Jiaxing in East China's Zhejiang province has seen tremendous achievements in the 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China, a top official revealed at a news conference on Sept 6.
Statistics from the conference showed that the regional GDP of the city jumped from 1.33 billion ($186.11 million) in 1978 to 487.2 billion yuan in 2018, and its total fiscal revenue increased from 236 million yuan to 89.53 billion yuan over the same period. The per capita income of urban residents grew from 507 yuan in 1983 to 57,437 yuan in 2018, while that of rural residents grew from 324 yuan to 34,279 yuan.
"Jiaxing has stepped onto the road of high-quality development with its focus on coordinated development, environmental friendliness, opening-up and innovation," said Zhang Bing, Party chief of Jiaxing.
According to the official, the city boasts the strongest urban-rural coordinated development in the country.
Its rural resident income has topped other cities in Zhejiang for 15 consecutive years, and in 2018 the ratio of urban to rural income was reduced to 1.676 to 1.
"We have resolved to control and prevent pollution and pursue green development in the past few years," added Zhang.
The city has taken measures to clean up waste water and waste gas, purify the soil, and restore the blue sky and clear water. In recent years, the qualities of its air, surface water, and drinking water have been greatly improved.