China will build a “golden waterway” economic belt along the Yangtze River to boost the regional economy, Xinhua reported Thursday, citing the State Council.
The scheme aims to better integrate the economies of developed and impoverished regions and inject fresh impetus into national economic growth, according to a statement released after a council meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.
The country will build a multi-tier transport network along the river, connecting rail, road and air transport with ports to increase transport capacity and bolster domestic and foreign trade, it said.
The Three Gorges Dam will be made more navigable, ships will be built especially to ply the Yangtze and the authorities will promote the development of energy-efficient vessels, the report said.
The river runs east to west over 6,300 kilometers and is the world’s third-largest in length and volume. It joins less-developed inland provinces to prosperous Shanghai.
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