Shanghai and Dafeng ink deals from new energy to intelligent manufacturing
Twenty-two projects covering areas such as new energy, intelligent manufacturing and automobile parts have been signed between Dafeng District in Yancheng City in neighboring Jiangsu Province and Shanghai, further fueling the development of the district.
These projects, with a total investment of 6.53 billion yuan (US$951 million), were inked during the 2019 north Shanghai and Dafeng emerging industry investment environmental promotion conference hosted by the Dafeng District government in Shanghai on Friday.
The district has geared up its cooperation with Shanghai in fields like industry, ports, tourism and public services and its involvement in the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region.
The development of an industrial cluster zone set up by the Shanghai and Jiangsu Provincial governments in 2015 in Dafeng is in the fast lane, and big Shanghai state-owned enterprises such as the Shanghai Lingang Group and Bright Dairy have built industrial bases as well as scientific and technological innovation projects in Dafeng.
Dafeng and Shanghai have big potential in cooperation, and Dafeng will step up the introduction and development of three emerging industries -- new energy and equipment manufacturing, new energy automobiles and automobile parts, and electronic information and intelligent terminals -- said Song Yong, deputy Party secretary and governor of Dafeng District.
Dafeng and Shanghai have deep bonds.
Between 1968 and 1980, more than 100,000 Shanghai zhiqing (intellectual youth) participated in farm-building in Dafeng, which they now consider their second home.
The Shanghai farms covering 307 square kilometers in Dafeng, now an agricultural and sideline products manufacturing and processing base, supply milk, rice, pork and fresh water products to Shanghai.
The Yantong railway (Yancheng-Nantong high speed railway) which is scheduled to open in 2020 will cut the travel time between Dafeng and Shanghai to one hour from the current two-hour drive.
Home to the Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve and Dafeng Zhiqing Farm, the district recorded more than 2.6 million visits by Shanghai tourists last year, accounting for 18 percent of its total tourist numbers.