[photopress:Industrial_zone_guangxi.jpg,full,alignright]Ma Biao, Secretary of CPC Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regional Committee has announced that the development plan for the Guangxi Beibu Gulf Zone had been approved and became part of the national development strategy.
The Beibu Gulf Zone is located in southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region – the map shows the region rather than the zone – covering four cities; Nanning, Beihai, Qingzhou and Fangchenggang.
Surrounded by Guangdong and Hainan provinces, the zone has emerged as a new highlight of cooperation between China and ASEAN member countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei.
Ma Biao said ‘We aim to develop the Pan Beibu Gulf Zone into a logistics, manufacturing, trading and communications center between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.’
The Zone will have an environment friendly green development approach, and will only give the go-ahead to projects that have passed a compulsory environmental protection assessment. More than half of the zone area has been kept as farm land and industrial parks take up less than 10% of the whole.