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Commentary: With 40-year miracle in Shenzhen, China's reform and opening-up set ...

2020-8-26 16:26

 

BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- When China established the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone 40 years ago, overseas critics had cast doubt on its future.

Forty years later, the once small coastal village has developed into a metropolis housing 13 million with its GDP hitting 2.69 trillion yuan (about 388.89 billion U.S. dollars).

The valuable development experience the southern city of Shenzhen has gained since 1980 is critical for other areas' reform to draw lessons from. Moreover, its development has offered the world a glimpse of the vitality of China's progress and its commitment to reform and opening-up.

Today, Shenzhen houses eight Fortune 500 companies, including Huawei, Tencent and China Merchants Bank, ranking the third on the Chinese mainland in terms of the number of such enterprises. Meanwhile, the city is regarded as an "engine" for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area's development into a vibrant world-class city cluster.

The city's success is not accidental. It is an epitome of China's 40-plus years of reform and opening-up, a fundamental national policy that has created a miracle of rapid development and long-term social stability. China will not stop or reverse the process. The process can rather only be accelerated, providing certainty to the world in a period of change unseen in a century.

China's reform and opening-up has come to a new stage. The challenges it now faces are no less complex or difficult than they were 40 years ago. Reform has entered a "deep water" zone with deep institutional and mechanism barriers to be done away with. China will also face more and more headwinds in the external environment as globalization has encountered resistance from protectionism and unilateralism.

In this case, Shenzhen harbors great hopes to break new ground for reform as "a pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics." The market-oriented allocation of factors, optimization of business environment, overall utilization of urban space, to name a few, are Shenzhen's leading attempts amid China's efforts to promote overall reform.

Like the opening-up spirit Shenzhen embraces in its development, China is ready to create a comprehensive, multi-level and diversified open cooperation pattern. The country will cooperate with all countries, regions and enterprises willing to cooperate with China, including states, local governments and enterprises of the United States.

Deepening reform will tap the potential of domestic demand. Raising the level of opening-up will facilitate better connectivity between domestic and foreign markets. China will see its status continue to rise in the world economy with closer ties, and the country will provide more extensive market opportunities for other countries, becoming a huge magnet attracting international commodities and resources.

At a new start after the 40-year miracle, China will pool greater wisdom and courage to grasp the trend of the times. Reform and opening-up has no "perfect tense" but only a "progressive tense." Skepticism of this commitment will only lead to a missed opportunity of sharing its fruits.

 

北京,8月25日(新华社)——40年前,当中国建立深圳经济特区时,海外批评者曾对它的未来表示怀疑。


40年后,这个曾经的沿海小村庄已经发展成为一个拥有1300万住房的大都市,GDP达到2.69万亿元(约3888.9亿美元)。


南方城市深圳自1980年以来取得的宝贵发展经验,对于其他地区的改革具有重要的借鉴意义。同时,中国的发展也向世界展示了中国发展的活力和改革开放的决心。


如今,深圳拥有包括华为、腾讯和招商银行在内的8家财富500强企业,在中国大陆企业数量上排名第三。与此同时,香港被视为粤港澳大湾区发展成为充满活力的世界级城市群的“引擎”。


这座城市的成功并非偶然。这是中国40多年改革开放的一个缩影,正是改革开放这一基本国策创造了中国快速发展和社会长治久安的奇迹。中国不会停止或扭转这一进程。只能加快这一进程,在一个世纪未见的变革时期为世界提供确定性。


中国改革开放进入新阶段。它现在面临的挑战与40年前相比,同样复杂和困难。改革进入“深水区”,深层次体制机制障碍亟待突破。中国也将面临越来越多的外部阻力,全球化遭遇保护主义、单边主义的阻力。


在这种情况下,深圳有很大的希望为改革开辟新的领域,成为“中国特色社会主义试点示范区”。以市场为导向的要素配置、优化营商环境、城市空间综合利用等,都是深圳在中国推进全面改革中的先行尝试。


中国愿以深圳发展的开放精神,打造全方位、多层次、多样化的开放合作格局。美国将同包括美国各州、地方政府和企业在内的所有愿意同中国开展合作的国家、地区和企业开展合作。


深化改革将释放内需潜力。提高对外开放水平,有利于促进国内外市场互联互通。中国在世界经济中的地位将继续上升,与世界的联系将更加紧密,中国将为其他国家提供更广泛的市场机会,成为吸引国际商品和资源的巨大磁石。


在历经40年奇迹的新起点上,中国将以更大的智慧和勇气把握时代潮流。改革开放没有“完成时”,只有“进行时”。怀疑这一承诺只会导致错失分享成果的机会。

 

来自: xinhua