The Fifth Forum on the Yangtze River Economic Belt Development was held in Chongqing on April 20th. It was jointly hosted by Guangming Daily Press, Chongqing Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Nantong University and co-organized by Hubei Academy of Social Sciences, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, Research Center of Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in Chongqing. Nearly 100 experts and scholars from 11 provinces (cities) in the Yangtze river economic belt attended the forum. This year's forum will focus on the theme of "Ecological Priority and Green Development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt", and carry out in-depth discussion on the two hot topics: the mode and mechanism of green development of the Yangtze river economic belt and the practice and exploration of the ecological compensation mechanism. Fourteen experts and scholars, including Huang Ziheng, Zeng Gang, Wang Zhen, Cheng Changchun, Qin Zunwen and Zhang Bo, who have long been engaged in the research of the Yangtze river economic belt, made keynote speeches and exchanged the latest research results and innovative views. Lu Xiangao, deputy editor-in-chief of Guangming Daily, Zeng Weilun, deputy director of the Publicity Department of CPC Committee of Chongqing, Tang Qingyang, President of Chongqing Academy of Social Sciences, Wang Zhen, vice president of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Fan Xiaodong, vice president of Nantong University attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.
Advancing the development of the Yangtze river economic belt is a major decision made by the CPC Central Committee cored by General Secretary Xi Jinping, and a major strategy that bears on the overall development of the country. Experts at the meeting agreed that the rapid growth of the Yangtze river economic belt over the past 40 years has brought enormous pressure on resources and environment, and problems such as unbalanced regional development and difficult industrial transformation and upgrading are bottlenecks in the development of the Yangtze river economic belt. It is an effective way to promote the high-quality development of the Yangtze river economic belt in the new era to explore the objective laws of green development and find new development measures.
The forum coincides with Chongqing's in-depth study and implementation of the spirit of general secretary Xi Jinping's important speech on Chongqing inspection. It is an important seminar jointly organized and planned by relevant think tanks. Through in-depth exchanges between experts and scholars, many consensuses are reached, which will help better grasp the relationship between ecological and environmental protection and economic development, effectively promote Chongqing to play a demonstration role in promoting the green development of the Yangtze river economic belt, and promote high-quality economic development of the Yangtze river economic belt and China.