In recent years, Hunchun city has seized opportunities, acted in a pioneering spirit, taken the initiative to integrate into the building the Belt and Road, actively participated in the economic and trade cooperation in Northeast Asia and made great efforts to transform the policy and location advantages into huge economic and development advantages. There have been a series of significant changes.
In 1992, the State Council approved Hunchun as a national-level open city. The overseas freight routes for domestically traded goods to Ningbo, Shanghai and Qingdao via Rajin Port of the DPRK and Zarubino Port of Russia have become important communication and cooperation corridors connecting the northeast with the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta. The freight route to the ROK and Japan via Zarubino Port has enabled the China-Russia Hunchun-Makhalino Railway to realize its regular operation. For the past few years, Hunchun has made full use of its geographical advantages, focused on expanding the development space, created an innovative development mode of “borrowing ports to sea” and become a golden channel connecting countries in Northeast Asia.
In April 2020, Hunchun, since it was successfully approved as a marine economic development demonstration zone, has embarked on a new journey of deep cultivation in the blue ocean. Today, the city is taking an active part in the “Polar Silk Road”, promoting the construction of “Binhai No. 2” and building an important channel for Jilin and even the northeast to participate in the domestic economy.
A number of Fortune Global 500 corporations at home and abroad, such as South Korea’s POSCO, Fujian Zijin and Ningbo Youngor, have settled down in Hunchun. A batch of high-quality projects including 1.5-million-ton LNG Energy Reserve Base, Cross-border E-commerce Industrial Park and Northeast Asia Industrial Park have been strongly promoted. The aquatic products industry has kept its healthy development. In recent years, Hunchun has strengthened efforts in investment attraction and boosted industrial development.
Last year, Hunchun launched a “winter battle” of attracting investment. In more than 120 days, it carried out targeted investment activities 22 times in 16 regions such as Hangzhou, Ningbo, Beijing and Shenzhen, connected with over 100 enterprises, discussed and promoted 54 key projects. 39 projects were successfully negotiated, with 2.991 billion yuan of planned funds in place. Hunchun’s advantages such as professional parks, low cost and policy pooling have attracted many firms in the photoelectric industry.
In the Cross-border E-commerce Supervision Center of the Hunchun Comprehensive Bonded Zone, after Russian consumers place orders on Alibaba’s e-commerce platform in Russia, distribution centers in Shenzhen, Yiwu and other places will send the goods to the zone. After being inspected, packages will be exported through Hunchun Port and delivered to the Russian consumers.
Today, with the industrial development goal of creating a cross-border e-commerce complex, Hunchun is making every effort to build a global e-commerce commodity distribution and logistics hub city and to become a medium-sized border city for opening-up.