Jilin to cooperate with South Korea, Russia and Japan

By Xu Keyue Source:Global Times Published: 2019/5/5 21:48:40

This photo taken on March 29, 2018 shows a production line equipped with welding robots at FAW-Volkswagen's new Audi Q plant in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province. (Xinhua/Xu Chang)

To further strengthen opening-up and revitalize Northeast China, the government of Jilin Province is building economic zones for cooperation with South Korea, Japan and Russia, which Chinese experts immediately described as a promising and vital project.

The provincial government released a plan to advance the development of an economic belt along the Tumen and Yalu rivers in Jilin and another on the Mongolian and Russian borders, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. 

Jilin is close to South Korea, Japan and Russia, making it convenient for communication and trade, Lü Chao, an expert on Korean studies at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences told the Global Times on Sunday.

Jilin also faces the North Korea across the Tumen and Yalu rivers, and so the belts could bring have extensive business opportunities, Lü said.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula was easing and North Korea has been showing various signs of opening-up, Lü believed, making him optimistic for the economic belt to enhance eventual cooperation with North Korea.

The logistics industry, export processing industry and financial service industry would boost cooperation between countries along the economic belts, Lü said.

Jilin will support the priority allocation of imported natural gas and other energy resources processing and transformation projects and imported timber and grain processing projects in the area and build cross-border tourism pilot zones in the area, Xinhua said. 

Jilin will also accelerate cooperation in the biotechnology, medical and healthcare fields.

Strong government support; language advantages and scientific talents also make Jilin a good place to conduct such cooperation, Lü noted.


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