The two cities involved are hoping the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone will become an engine of economic growth for the country’s vast western region.
Centered on both cities, the zone incorporates 14 cities of Sichuan and 23 districts and counties of Chongqing.
The zone, with an area of 155,000 sq km, about a quarter of the total area of Sichuan and Chongqing, has a population of 80 million and contribute more than half of the combined GDP of the two regions.
The two cities have decided to join forces.
The economic zone will become the biggest city cluster in western China and its aim is to become another regional economic powerhouse like the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and the Bohai Bay Region.
Yang Qingyu, director of the development and reform commission of Chongqing, said a rapid rail link between Chongqing and Chengdu, which is expected to be finished by 2010, will cut travel time to one and half hours between the two cities.
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s top economic planner, has approved the establishment of new experimental zones for urban-rural comprehensive reform in Sichuan and Chongqing.
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Source: China Daily