A Letter to the Society on the Course of Piloting Comprehensive Reform for Coordinated and Balanced Urban-rural Development in Chongqing
June 1997 saw the birth of Chongqing Municipality directly under the Chinese Central Government. For the past decade, the 31 million people of Chongqing have made ceaseless self-improvement, continued pioneering and opening to the outside world and been rewarded with significant development in an all-round way. The last ten years has been a mile-stone decade during which Chongqing experienced the fastest socio-economic development, the greatest improvement to its urban and rural areas, as well as the most tangible benefits to its citizens. This very achievement is attained with the joint efforts of the far-sighted leadership of the Chinese Central Government, the hard-working people of Chongqing and the support of all walks of life and those from overseas. We wish to send all of you our heart-felt appreciation on behalf of the Communist Party of Chongqing and Chongqing Municipal Government.
Prior to the Tenth Anniversary of the Establishment of Chongqing as a Municipality directly under the Chinese Central Government, the CPC General Secretary Hu Jintao made an important remark when he visited the Chongqing Delegation during the Tenth National People’s Congress. He set the tone for future development of Chongqing by requesting us to expedite its endeavors to be a municipality of coordinated and balanced urban-rural development. On June 7, 2007, authorized by the Chinese State Council, the State Development and Reform Commission issued the approval, which entitles Chongqing as a Piloting City of Comprehensive Reform for Coordinated and Balanced Urban-rural Development in China. It has established Chongqing, an 82,000-skm municipality, as the largest piloting area for Comprehensive Reform for Coordinated and Balanced Urban-rural Development throughout the Country. Thus, Chongqing has been set on a grand new starting-point.
Coordinated and Balanced Urban-rural Development is the essential requirement of implementing the Scientific Development Philosophy and facilitating the development of the Socialist Harmonious Society. Locating in western China, Chongqing is featured by an urban-rural binary structure, the co-existence of large urban area, large rural area and large area along the Three Gorges Project. Approximately 73.6% of the over 31 million registered populations in Chongqing are rural people. This situation brings to Chongqing unusual difficulties in coordinating and balancing the urban and rural development. Confronted with such rare-seen worldwide challenge, we cannot wait for preferential policies from the Central Government; neither can we depend on its funding or investment. We have no choice but to face the challenge on our own by addressing the systematic and institutional obstacles to urban-rural development coordination and balancing. Reform requires courage and it requires no less insight. Only by identifying the crux of the reforming course and proposing feasible addressing measures could essential achievement be made in reform and piloting program see the chance of success.
An old Chinese saying goes that 'extensive reading and steady accumulation preconditions the on-demand use of a particular piece of knowledge'. We sincerely look forward to learning from the field practices overseas, as well as domestic lessons and experiences in industrialization and urbanization, so that we will be able to benefit from the accumulated practical knowledge home and abroad. Only with the joint efforts from all walks of life to minimize failures in reform piloting, can we attain greater reform achievement and benefit more people. For this aim, we sincerely invite, via the internet, all walks of life, specialists home and abroad, research institutions and the media to bring forward your proposals, suggestions and comments for the Course of Piloting Comprehensive Reform for Coordinated and Balanced Urban-rural Development in Chongqing. We hold the same high expectation and appreciation for your efforts, be it a master plan of system reform, or a small piece of suggestion on any particular issues.
'A good piece of advice weighs heavier than a bar of gold.' More help turns hard work easier. We have deep feelings towards the hard task and extreme pressure in the Course of Piloting Comprehensive Reform for Coordinated and Balanced Urban-rural Development in Chongqing. However, we, at the same time, strongly believe that the challenge could be tackled and the task be successfully completed with the collective wisdom and joint efforts both home and abroad. We are pleased to offer all walks of life a platform for realizing their witted proposals. Looking forward to having you join us!