Compare with the greatest, and learn from the best. On the afternoon of May 9th, Zhao Haozhi, Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee and Mayor of Qingdao, led the Qingdao Municipal Party and Government Delegation of more than 60 personnel to set foot on a trip to Chengdu and Shenzhen to “learn the experience about development”, adhering to the attitude of benchmarking against the advanced and studying with sincerity and to a strong desire to deepen cooperation and seek a win-win cooperation.
In two cities and 18 inspection sites, the delegation marched in a haste whether the weather was fair or foul. Although the scheduled time was finite, the learning outcome brought with it was profound and impressive, which will surely lead Qingdao to advance in benchmarking, implementing decisions vigorously, and forging ahead in gathered efforts!
An Immersive Benchmarking Trip
Only through learning in benchmarking and catching up with the better can the developmental gaps be narrowed. From May 10th to 12th, the Qingdao Party and Government Delegation inspected Chengdu and Shenzhen. They studied in an immersive way and benchmarked to make up for the shortcomings in order to make precise efforts in implementing strategies.
The Party and Government Delegation was high in specifications and large in scale. Members of more than 60 people in total included: the Municipal Standing Committee, the Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of the Municipal People’s Congress, the Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Government, the Vice Chairman of the CPPCC, primary personnel in charge at district and municipal level, primary personnel in charge from relevant ministerial committees of the municipal party committee and relevant units directly under the municipal government, and those from some functional areas and city- owned state-owned enterprises.
A Study Tour for Knowledge and Experience
Seek the true knowledge for further development. The inspection schedule was compact, focused, and rich in content. The members of the delegation combined with the actual situation in Qingdao, carefully studying Chengdu’s and Shenzhen’s experience in the aspects of implementation of major national strategies, deepening reform and opening up, advancing technological innovation, industrial transformation and upgrading, digital city construction, optimizing the business environment, and improving the quality of urban functions, etc., in order to promote the high-quality development of Qingdao.
A Pragmatic Move to Deepen Cooperation
The official opening of the Qingdao (Shenzhen) Urban Reception Hall was another landmark achievement of the deepening cooperation between Qingdao and Shenzhen. It will also leave a strong mark in Qingdao’s historical process of “learning from and catching up with Shenzhen”. In the past two years, Qingdao has insisted on “learning from and catching up with Shenzhen”, and has continued to select cadres to experience practical training in Shenzhen. The exchanges between the two cities have become more and more frequent and the cooperation between them has become closer, which has injected new power and vitality into Qingdao’s reform, innovation and development. “We must continue to learn from Shenzhen by benchmarking, expand exchanges and cooperation, and promote Qingdao in deepening reform and opening up, and boosting the innovation-driven development; We must strive to go up to the first-class level, and accelerate the construction of Qingdao into a modern international metropolis.” said Zhao Haozhi, Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee and Mayor of Qingdao.
Qingdao is the City of Pearl of the Yellow Sea and Chengdu the crucial town in western China. Thanks to the “exchange visits” of the party and government delegations from the two cities, the cooperation between them has become increasingly tight.
Standing at the starting point of embarking on a new journey of building a modern socialist country in an all-round way and marching towards the second centenary goal, we have a heavy burden on our shoulders and a long way to go. Let us uphold the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, conscientiously implement the central decision-making and deployment and the requirements of the provincial party committee and government. Let us declare the attitude of “taking the first battle as the final one and start of the race as the rush to the end”, as well as the spirit of seizing every minute and tackling all difficulties. Let us learn in practicing and practice in learning, and energetically carry out the “Project Landing Year”, benchmarking against the advanced and striving for the first place, so that we can make a well beginning in promoting the “14th Five-Year Plan”, and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC with excellent results!
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