Guangzhou to shine on modern Maritime Silk Road
2015-March-12 Source:
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Chen Jianhua, Guangzhou mayor, told media Guangzhou’s ambition to be one of the central cities in China’s strategy of the 21st Maritime Silk Road yesterday (March 11).

Four identifications of Guangzhou

Mayor Chen said, firstly, Guangzhou has been a foreign trade center in China from over 2,000 years since Qin Dynasty,

Secondly, it is the origin of Lingnan Culture (culture of Guangdong). Lingnan culture is a combination of Guangdong’s local culture, culture of China’s central plain, and culture spread into China through ocean from foreign countries.

Thirdly, it was where the ancient maritime silk road started.

Fourthly, it is the origin of China’s modern revolution where emerged lots of historical figures like Kang Youwei, Liang Qichao and Sun Yat-sen. They had once contributed a lot in leading China’s revolution in the period of 1840-1919.

To be the center of maritime silk road

Chen said, in 21st Century Maritime Silk Road campaign, Guangzhou still owns its regional advantage on port trade. Last year, Guangzhou ranked fifth in cargo handling capacity and eighth in container capacity in the world. Besides, Guangzhou is an important international transportation junction, with 50 million passengers in 2014. Apart from these, it has a large population of overseas Chinese over the world, especially in Southeast Asia. This makes Guangzhou possible to maintain connection or good relationship with those neighboring countries.

Above all, Guangzhou would make effort to set up alliance of port trade both in Pear River Delta and along the maritime silk road. Besides, Guangzhou will develop more cooperation with maritime countries in trade, science and education.


Editor: 王凯
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