In April last year, China announced the decision to supp

port Hainan in developing the whole island into a pilot free trade zone, the 12th and the largest in the

country, to gradually explore and steadily promote the establishment of a free trade port with Chinese characteristics.

The Haikou Jiangdong New District covers 298 square kilometers o

n the east coast of Haikou, and will have two parts: a 106-sq-km ecological region boasting a key n

ational wetland natural reserve, and a 192-sq-km area that will serve both industrial and urban purposes.

The provincial government said Haikou should pay great attenti

on to ensure that environmental quality is advanced in an all-round way while developing the new ben

chmark area. This will integrate such new features as headquarters economy, commercial and financial business, inter

national consumption, cultural exchanges, and scientific and technological innovation.

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