Guangdong’s vanguard role in high-quality development and Chinese-style modernization

By Théophile Niyitegeka
On 30 March 2024 at 11:12

Guangdong Province has emerged as a beacon of high-quality development, spearheading efforts towards a Chinese-style modernization that harmonizes economic growth with social welfare and environmental sustainability.

Speaking at a press conference held on 29th March in Beijing, under the theme "Promoting High-Quality Development," Mr. Wang Weizhong, the Governor of Guangdong, shed light on the province’s strategic advancements and future prospects.

As he explained, Guangdong’s journey towards high-quality development is deeply rooted in the directives of CPC’s General Secretary and President of China, Xi Jinping, emphasizing the province’s pioneering role in reform and development.

The guiding principle, as outlined by the General Secretary, is for Guangdong to lead in constructing a new development pattern, focusing on high-quality development as its core task.

This vision was encapsulated in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area’s development, aiming to serve as a strategic support point and a demonstration area for high-quality development and Chinese-style modernization.

Governor Wang Weizhong detailed the "1310" strategic deployment, aiming to anchor Guangdong’s leadership role in development through reform, opening up, and innovation, while making breakthroughs in ten key areas. This strategic approach has been pivotal in seizing opportunities brought forth by technological revolutions and industrial transformations, setting a blueprint for "recreating a new Guangdong."

Guangdong’s economic milestones are impressive, with a GDP reaching 13.57 trillion yuan (over 2.5 trillion US$), maintaining its position as China’s leading economic province for 35 consecutive years. This economic prowess is coupled with significant efforts in expanding investment, promoting consumption, and stabilizing foreign trade to achieve a targeted economic growth of 5% in 2024.

The construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area marks a significant stride towards deepening reforms and opening up, creating a synergistic effect across the region. This initiative is bolstered by major infrastructural developments and the collaborative efforts with Hong Kong and Macao to position the Bay Area as a world-class economic hub.

Innovation and the cultivation of new productive forces are at the heart of Guangdong’s strategy for high-quality development. With leading positions in industrial enterprises, high-tech firms, and intellectual property rights, Guangdong is steadfast in its commitment to the real economy and manufacturing, aiming to develop new trillion-level industrial clusters.

Moreover, the province’s dedication to ecological sustainability and the well-being of its residents underscores the holistic approach to development. Efforts in ecological construction and improving people’s livelihoods through the "Ten Major Projects for People’s Livelihood" exemplify the province’s commitment to a green and equitable development path.

The province’s journey is a blueprint for others, showcasing the possibilities of sustainable development in the 21st century. With its eyes set on the future, Guangdong welcomes the world to witness its transformation, inviting global audiences to explore the charm and vibrancy of a region at the forefront of China’s march towards modernization.

An aerial drone photo taken on Nov. 4, 2023 shows a view of the Hengqin International Financial Center in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province. The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, a city cluster, is one of the most open areas in China with economic vitality. (Photo by Xinhua)