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Kunming looks to integrate urban development

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A framework agreement for urban integration promotion between Kunming and Yuxi was signed by Mayor of Kunming Zhang Zulin(张祖林) and Mayor of Yuxi Gao Jingsong(高劲松) on March 21, 2011.

A framework agreement for urban integration promotion between Kunming, the capital and largest city of Yunnan Province in Southwestern China and Yuxi, a prefecture-level city in the Yunnan province has been signed on March 21, 2011.

Kunming will sign such agreements with Chuxiong and Qujing in following two days. The framework agreements will eventually cover the four neighboring cities, being beneficial to both cross-cities cooperation and development.

A plan is called “the Central Yunnan Urban Agglomeration Programming Revision 2009-2030” has been announced by Kunming government last year.

According to the plan, Kunming, Qujing, Yuxi and Chuxiong City will be put into the same urban area. In other words, people who live in the 4 cities will feel that they live in the same city. Road and railway network will link the 4 together with strong convenience. The 4 cities will also expect to share the same phone code, which means calling a person who lives in the 3 other cities from Kunming will not be charged as long distance phone calls.

Now, the four cities in Yunnan are expected to be listed as pilot cities for new development model on economic complementarity and win-win cooperation.

Kunming and Yuxi have maintained close cooperation in economy, trade, culture, technology and tourism sectors in recent years.

Meanwhile, a new rail plan linking Kunming and Yuxi has been mentioned by director of Kunming Planning Bureau during the signing ceremony on March 21.

Traffic investment is the key of infrastructure construction. Based on current traffic condition, the transport capacity across Kunming to Yuxi will not be able to accommodate the expected future demand of the regional integration. The railway will play an important role in enhancing exchange of human resources and accelerating the regional economic integration between the two cities.

Approximately 90 km south of Kunming, Yuxi is the nearest city to Kunming in the three cities. It will focus on some high-end industries to develop, such as tobacco industry and tourism. A part of Kunming residents are expected to move family to Yuxi, arriving at their destination in Kunming by vehicle within one hour.

An ecological urban agglomeration covers an area of 100 square kilometers and can accommodate 1 million residents will be established in the next 5 to 10 years.

With the completion of China - ASEAN Free Trade Area, Kunming,Yuxi,Chuxiong and Qujing will expand cooperation to contribute to the sustainable development of economic and trade cooperation.

The central regions in Yunnan enjoy many advantages, including location, resources, urban planning and human resources. The population in central regions of Yunnan province is expected to account for 50 percent of the province's total in 2020.

Official delegation from Kunming has signed another framework agreement for urban integration promotion with Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture on March 22, 2011. It will focus on industries such as services, commerce and trade, manufacturing, transportation, marketing environment and social undertaking to build itself an important industrial city.

The networks of Kunming-Chuxiong Highway will be improved. In other words, people who live in Kunming and Chuxiong City will feel that they live in the same city. Road and railway network will link the cities together with strong convenience. Chuxiong City is also expect to share the same phone code, which means calling a person who lives in Chuxiong City from Kunming will not be charged as long distance phone calls.
About 127 km west of Kunming on highway GZ65, Chuxiong City is the point of junction for the Central Yunnan Urban Agglomeration, and the gateway of China to Southeast Asia.

Nestled between mountain ranges on all sides in a plateau region at 5800 ft (roughly 1750 meters), it is an inevitable road from Kunming to 7 prefectures and cities in west Yunnan, and an important from Yunnan to the neighboring Sichuan Province.

With the expectation of pushing forward Pan-Pearl River Delta (Pan -PRD) regional cooperation in Southwest China, Pan- Asian Cooperation in Kunming will further strengthen the trade exchange in China - ASEAN Free Trade Area and the attractiveness of regional cooperation and influence in favor of the adjustment, for the economic development of border areas between the two sides to provide strong motivation and a broader space.

The ASEAN–China Free Trade Area (ACFTA), also known as the China–ASEAN Free Trade Area, is a free trade area among the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People's Republic of China. The initial framework agreement was signed on 4 November 2002 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with the intent on establishing a free trade area among the eleven nations by 2010. The free trade area came into effect on 1 January 2010. The ASEAN–China Free Trade Area is the largest free trade area in terms of population and third largest in terms of nominal GDP.

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