'Wonderful Henan·Here We Are' Episode IV: Opportunities for Henan in new development stage
Editor's note: What are the main objectives for economic and social development of Central China's Henan province during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025)? How to establish a modern industrial system and build a stronger digital economy during the period? Starting on September 26, 2022, we are launching the "Wonderful Henan·Here We Are" bilingual series, bringing you in-depth coverage about The Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and Vision 2035 of Henan Province. The following is the 4th story of the series: Opportunities for Henan in new development stage.
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New opportunities and challenges in the new stage of development
The world today is undergoing unprecedented major changes in a century. China is now in an important period of strategic opportunity for development, but the opportunities and challenges it faces are changing. The development of Henan Province presents new features in the current stage.
Financial Island under construction in Zhengzhou. [Photo provided to dahe.cn]
At home and abroad, the new round of technological revolution and industrial transformation is gaining momentum, and there is a profound shift in the balance of international power. The COVID-19 pandemic is exerting an extensive and far-reaching impact around the world. The world is entering a period of turbulent changes. Our country has entered a new stage of development, the new development philosophy is more deeply rooted in people's minds and the building of a new development paradigm is accelerated. More attention is paid to cultivating a complete system of domestic demand, accelerating scientific and technological self-reliance, promoting the optimization and upgrading of industrial and supply chains, promoting agricultural and rural modernization, optimizing regional economic structures, expanding high-level opening to the outside world, improving the living standards of people and safeguarding the bottom line of safe development, thus bringing new opportunities for our province to promote high-quality development.
Zhengdong New District of Zhengzhou. [Photo provided to dahe.cn]
At present, Henan Province has entered the stage of high-quality development and embarked on the new journey of building a modern Henan. We have reached a crucial juncture where Henan Province will transform from a big province to a strong one to achieve greater development. It is an important period for making great achievements and contributing more to the overall situation of China. We are facing three strategic opportunities -- building a new development paradigm, promoting the rise of the central region, and improving the ecological protection and quality-oriented development in the Yellow River Basin. The superimposed effect of integration and interconnection of multi-field strategic platforms continues to be strengthened. The function of supporting the domestic market and linking domestic and international circulation is continuously improved. The momentum of development in industrial system base, modern infrastructure and channels and hubs of opening-up continues to be enhanced. The potential of domestic demand stored in new urbanization and rural revitalization in such a big province with a large population continues to be inspired. The new development drivers formed by the introduction and cultivation of science and education innovation resources and emerging industries continue to grow. The role of ecological barriers constructed by protecting and governing major rivers, mountains and plains continues to be highlighted. The dividend of human capital transformed by the improvement of the quantity and quality of huge human resources continues to be released. The spiritual strength of the Yellow River civilization centered on the culture of the Central Plains continues to be leveraged. The traditional advantages are constantly strengthened, and new advantages are being forged. Thus, there are many favorable conditions for further development. At the same time, unbalanced and inadequate development is still a prominent problem for our province. Major per capita economic indicators are relatively lagging behind. The proportion of new industries, economies and new forms of business is still modest. Innovation support capacity is weak and the level of urbanization is relatively low. The development of social undertakings is inadequate and resource and environment constraints are tightening. In work on agricultural development in rural areas and social governance, there are still areas where we fall short.
Sanmenxia city. [Photo provided to dahe.cn]
Overall, Henan Province is in a critical period. In this period, we face multiple strategic opportunities, and are able to gather strength to make some breakthroughs, struggle for adjustments and transformation, and answer to various risks and challenges. We must keep in mind both our internal and international imperatives and fully understand the strategic importance and plasticity of new opportunities and the complexity and overall importance of new challenges. We should be ready to fight, set up worst scenario thinking, accurately perceive changes and scientifically respond to them, take the initiative to seek changes, be good at fostering opportunities amid crises and opening up new vistas in a shifting landscape, and therefore step into a new stage of development with stronger confidence in the strategy.
A special thanks goes to the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Henan Provincial Committee and the School of International Studies of Zhengzhou University for their support to the "Wonderful Henan·Here We Are" bilingual series.