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Chinese cities promote opening-up to embrace RCEP opportunities

2022-01-07 08:19:49 Xinhua Silk Road

Chinese cities make all efforts to facilitate trade cooperation with RCEP members to embrace business and development opportunities brought by the deal.

By now, foreign-invested enterprises from RCEP members in Qingdao have reached to 17,000 ones. The total imports and exports between the city and RCEP members stood at 291.98 billion yuan in the first 11 months of 2021.

South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is also a beneficiary of the agreement. The region has been thrust into the frontier of the country's opening-up to ASEAN, and thus expecting more opportunities and benefits from deeper cooperation with RCEP members including ASEAN countries.

"RCEP will significantly reduce operational costs of enterprises, spur reconstruction of supply chain and value chain and optimize the products and technology flows in the region, ushering in a new era of economic integration among China and ASEAN countries," said Yang Chunting, director of the regional department of commerce.

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Ren Hongbin, vice minister of commerce, said at a press conference that RCEP represents a "new milestone" for China's opening-up as the pact will connect domestic and overseas markets and resources.

As a key juncture linking the members of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Yangtze River Economic Belt, Chongqing boasts particular geographical strengths in deepening cooperation with RCEP members.

According to an official with the local commerce bureau, the city will beef up building of logistics hub, pace up infrastructure construction in flight and railway and unleash the potential of various projects.

In Guangxi, a new service center for RCEP enterprises was established on Dec. 30, 2021. According to Yang Chunting, taking full advantage of the preferential tariffs rules and RCEP certificates of origin, the autonomous region will strengthen cooperation with RCEP members in building supply chains and value chains in fields including electronic information, chemical new materials, herb processing, automobile and ASEAN special products.

As early as Dec. 1, 2020, Qingdao had put forward a plan to build a RCEP trade cooperation pilot with the international cruise port at its core. After the pact came into effect, the coastal city will continue to deepen cooperation with RCEP members in terms of international trade, shipping and logistics, finance, technological innovation, amplifying the effects of its demonstration trade zone of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and free trade pilots and building itself into a model city of RCEP trade cooperation.