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Suzhou Claims 81 Out of 1,000 Developed Townships in China

On Sept. 4, the National Bureau of Statistics published the list of the top 1,000 Chinese townships with relatively high level of comprehensive development. 636 townships out the 1,000 come from the Yangtze delta region, composed of 268 of Zhejiang Province, 266 of Jiangsu Province, and 102 of Shanghai Municipality. Most noteworthy is the fact that 81 townships from Suzhou are listed in the 1,000, giving Suzhou the first place among all prefecture-level municipalities in China. The statistics was announced after the general survey and evaluation at 2005 National Symposium on the Development of Advanced Townships in Dongguan, Guangdong Province. The top ten on the list are respectively Humen Township of Dongguan City, Guangdong Province (comprehensive score 164.4), Yushan Township of Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province (161.6), Chang'an Township of Dongguan City, Guangdong Province (160.3), Loufeng Township of Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu Province (154.6), Tangxia Township of Dongguan City, Guangdong Province (153.8), Huamu Township of Pudong New District, Shanghai (148.5), Xiaolan Township of Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province (144.2), Yangshe Township of Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province (141.6), Jinqiao Township of Pudong New District, Shanghai (139.9), and Zhangjiang Township of Pudong New District, Shanghai (137.6). The list of 1,000 townships makes Suzhou the first winner, which occupies 3 places in the top ten.

81 townships from Suzhou and 68 from Wuxi are listed in the 1,000. Xinqiao Township of Jiangyin, Wuxi (scoring 118.7) ranks the 20th. Townships from Changzhou, Nanjing, and Zhenjiang number respectively 37, 9, and 8. According to sources from the Department of  Social and Economic Investigation in Rural Areas under the National Bureau of Statistics, the published result was based on comprehensive evaluation on the 20,000 townships of China.

The population of the 1,000 townships represents only 10% that of the rural townships in China, but their financial revenues make up about 50% of all.

Sept. 7, 2005

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