Over the past 70 years, the city of Quanzhou has never ceased its fight to make historic developmental achievements.

A press conference to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China was held on Sept. 5 in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province.

Kang Tao, secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Quanzhou Municipal Committee, Wang Yongli, Mayor of Quanzhou, and Hong Ziqiang, Executive Deputy Mayor of the city, introduced the city’s economic and social development and took questions from the media.

Since 1949, especially after the reform and opening-up policy was adopted in 1978, Quanzhou has drawn on its advantages, seized the opportunity and promoted innovation, becoming one of the epitome cities of reform and opening up.

As the starting point of the Ancient Maritime Silk Road, Quanzhou used to be the commercial centre of ancient China. Over the past seven decades, great achievements have been made on all fronts in reviving its fortunes.

Its GDP jumped from 133 million yuan in 1949 to 846.8 billion yuan in 2018, accounting for 23.7% of the provincial total, and the per capita GDP reached 97,600 yuan.

Taking advantages of the vast overseas market, new technologies, management experience and other resources, the program for rural industrialisation has flourished, and the private economy has grown rapidly.

The “Jinjiang Pattern,” a development pattern created by Jinjiang, a county level city under Quanzhou, is now proving to be a recipe for the city’s overall development.