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Bari has a solid mercantile and entrepreneurial tradition and is always a focal point in trade and political-cultural contacts with Middle East. The main challenges Bari faces are the redevelopment of the waterfront, the conversion of brownfield into parks and cultural centres, and the enhancement of archaeological and architectural heritage.

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Bacau needs to attract new investments for the future. A partnership between local and central public sector is necessary for the growth of the private sector and the generation of sustainable jobs. Currently, Bacau County is facing a demographic decline and a significant part of workforce doesn’t generate added value.

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Beijing has built the Integrated National Demonstration Zone for opening-up the service sector and the pilot free trade zone, whilst seeking to set up the National Service Trade Innovation and Development Demonstration Zone, the Digital Trade Demonstration Zone and the Beijing Stock Exchange, in order to foster new development pattern.

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Castilla y León is Spain’s largest region. Agriculture is its major economic sector but it also has an important industrial fabric, with food and automotive as the main sectors, and focuses on the development of a knowledge-based economy, promoting such as the aerospace industry, renewable energy, health biotechnology or TICs.

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Chengdu, located in Southwestern China, is home to world natural and cultural heritage sites and crowned as the best tourist city in China and world’s culinary capital. A China-Europe Railway Express hub, Chengdu is well connected for its electronic information, car manufacturing, food & beverage, equipment manufacturing, and biomedicine industries.

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Dalian is an important port city on the northern coast of China with tourism resources. It has a 2,211-km coastline and is the window opening to the world in the Northeast region. A model city for modern logistics, Dalian connects China to Japan, South Korea, Russia, Europe, America and Asia.


The gateway of Guangdong to the world, Guangzhou Development District has been committed to international cooperation and established trade relations with more than 100 countries and regions. Pillar industries, namely next-generation information technology, automobile manufacturing, high-end chemical engineering, biopharmaceuticals, new energy, new materials, and food & beverage are well developed.

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Haikou, on north of Hainan Island, is a major portal opening to the Pacific and Indian oceans. With first-class ecology and environment, its forest coverage rate is 38.47% and days with good and excellent air about 99% all year round. Haikou focuses on tourism, modern service industry and high-tech industry.

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Hangzhou strives to develop an open economy and build a key hub for “Digital Silk Road” to strengthen economic ties with European market. Recently, Hangzhou’s cross-border e-commerce model has been widely promoted. Besides, it has launched the world’s first Electronic World Trade Platform, eWTP public service platform, for overseas development.

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As a key city in the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the National Comprehensive Transportation Hub, Hefei is easily accessible from all directions due to its excellent geological position and critical strategic status. Its strategic emerging industries feature intelligent chips, screen displays, new energy vehicles and vehicle connectivity.

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Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, has one national development zone and one national high-tech industrial development zone. Located in the Bohai Economic Rim at a linear distance of merely 400 km from Beijing, Hohhot is an essential bridgehead linking China with Mongolia, Russia and Eastern European countries.


Hunan Xiangjiang New Area is the first national-level New Area in central China. With an 9.1% annual growth rate, its industries of smart equipment, smart connected vehicle, smart terminal and power-chip are taking shape, whereas construction machinery, energy storage materials, modern finance, big data and health care are developing rapidly.

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Jinan is a well-connected key city along the new Eurasian land corridors. With the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region to the north, the Yangtze River Delta to the south, Japan and South Korea to the east, and the Yellow River basin to the west, it has a comprehensive network of transportation means.

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Krapina-zagorje County’s economic activities are the production and processing industry, trading, and construction, with potential for IT, transportation, tourism, and sustainable agriculture infrastructure. It is focusing on smart village and smart city development approach, designing and implementing a digital transition strategy, and enabling interconnection between government, academia and private sectors.

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A transportation and communication hub, Kunming is China’s gateway to South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Southern Europe and Africa. With average annual temperature of 15℃, Kunming is renowned as “City of Eternal Spring”. Over 1,200 species of wild plants and 460 of flowers show Kunming’s rich biodiversity.

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Liuzhou is a popular tourist destination and a major transportation hub, connecting central-south and southwest regions in China. An important land channel towards ASEAN, it forms a modern transportation network. Platforms such as Guangxi Free Trade Zone and IURC China Programme provide Liuzhou with unprecedented opportunities to cooperate with Europe.

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Nanchang has great ecological advantages. Its water, urban green, and wetland covers huge part of the city. It has a strong foundation with 4 leading industries: E-information, automobiles and new energy vehicle, green food, and new materials. Tengwang Pavilion is one of the top 3 towers south of Yangtze River.

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Qingdao is a popular tourist destination, an international port, and a UNESCO City of Film. Home to Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology and National Innovation Center of High-Speed Train, half of China’s marine science and technology talents and one-third of academicians in marine field are based here.

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Suzhou has a well-established manufacturing system and an outstanding vertical industrial integration. The European Union is a major source of foreign investment in Suzhou and a major destination for Suzhou’s investment abroad. In 2017 at the China-Germany Forum, Suzhou’s county-level city Taicang was praised the highland for Sino-German innovation cooperation.

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Tianjin is the “maritime gateway” to Beijing and Xiong’an New Area, a key component of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei development. The Tianjin Port is connected to over 500 ports. Besides, Tianjin has dense railway & expressway networks and an International Airport, making it a regional hub and an international aviation logistics center.

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