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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Chance and Challenge

Chances as well as challenges will be coming to everyone as something critical, or important comes, like new year 2006. As people exchange seasons greetings to each other starts from Xmas time in China, they're setting up some goals or targets for them as well to archieve and accomplish for the coming period.

A big chance comes in 2006, for people living in Tianjing and Beijing.

Interviews on previous president of People's Bank of China, Mr. Dai XiangLong, who is the current mayor of Tianjing, one the four Municipalities in China, presents to the audiences last night on CCTV's News Channel the national's development strategy of setting up the coastal region in Tianjing a National Development Zone, what's so called Coastal Development Zone (濒海新区). Much interpretations were addressed to explaine why China decided to build, and how.

It's clear that the Zone will be Industrial Oriented, that's to say, many manufacture plants as well as its pertinent utilities will be established in next few years. The interviews seemed to lead the audience to understand that by doing so, Tianjing will be extended and well utilized from its previous industy utilities which have been built up in 70s.
I recalled that no wonder why many news on Tianjing have been broadcasted recently via TV or other medias, such as newspaper and radio. Positive reports such as its plants running efficiently as well as fulfilling the environment protection restrictions, or its developments and upgrades on municipal utilities satisfied the incresing demonds of the citizens,etc.
According the Chinese pratice experiences, propaganda is always the pioneer, who's initialized and obligated and instructed to pave the way for understaning and the following actions. So, this time, the Government means what he says.

It's easy to understand such. Not only from the mayor's concerns that over 20 or 30 under-developed country sides or villages surrounded Beijing and Tianjing, whose residents are living in poor conditions, much more distant than the real distances between them and their downtown neighbors. It seems that the mayor forgot to mention the unemployed rate in two cities. It's well known that in China for many students, it's time for their hard job finding-and-losing daymare when they go out of the school. This had been the hot round-table topic since National's scaled-up college entrance rate years ago for the baby-boom generation, and it's still soaring for the year 2006 !, which will be about 500,000 additional chances for high-schools.
It's a good deal. To kill two birds with one stone. To provide labor outputs for the rural areas as well as places for our intellectuals to pour in. This is the chance for them, a better future. And this is also the challenge for the top officials and the Tianjing region as how to handle with the relationship which have been ignored during last centry's economic jump between development and environment protection and harmony.

I assumed it might be a headache for the officials on how to keep the region in harmony as 2008 Olympic comes. It's not a leisure topic as you may talk in a net forum with a young graduate who is just from his/her desperate job market recruitting. Shanghai is or might has already been in its limits for Yangzi River Delta boomers, no mention to send invitations to vast areas. It's just mentioned in Nation's Eleventh five-year plan that Governments advocate and provide chances for the labors to engage in near-by areas.

I do hope what's said (guarantied ? ) on interviews that concerns on harmony developments that been discussed and considered by the Government will be solved. However, this is hard and difficult for the developing country like China, where most of its labors still accounted for non-technicians, this Industry-oriented zone will not only provide its people a hoping places where they can harvest their prosperous future, its most likely will also present the Government a challenge on how to handle with the Environment and Development.

One question still remains, does Tianjing could have this chance solely due to its geography advantages to Beijing, put aside the historical relationships betweent the two during 60s~90s, during which most Central Government leaders came from Tianjing and surrounding areas? All these are farfetched to explain why Tianjing is the selection, and why not others. The answer that to keep the regional area a peace and harmony by providing enough employment chances for the 2008 will also be blunt and even might be considerd ignorant. No body could give the rational explainations while we still have our poor north-east heavy-industry bases, populated by its huge laid-off workers. Not to forget north-west and south-west.

Of course, those strong and skillful laid-offs also, hopefuly, could take the opportunity for their welfare, given the condition that the Zone doesn't have Residence-identification restrictions.