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Jilin Province has established official exchanges and cooperation relationships in economy and trade with 155 countries and regions around the world and built internationally friendly relationships with 52 provinces (states) and cities of 24 countries. It has established close relationships with some international business associations like European Union Chamber of Commerce, China Britain Business Council, etc. and with some important overseas Chinese business associations like Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce, etc. A large number of Fortune 500 multinational companies such as Cargill, Wal-Mart, Pepsi, Volkswagen, Audi, Siemens, Toyota, Marubeni, Daewoo, Kumho Tires, etc. have settled in Jilin Province.
Jilin Province is one of the 9 border provinces in China. It has 20 various ports and channels. According to the classification of ports, there are 9 national first-class ports, 7 national second-class ports, 3 regional second-class ports and 1 official channel; and according to the type of ports, there are 2 airports, 11 road ports, 5 railway ports, 1 boundary river port and 1 inland river port.
Since the rejuvenation of Jilin old industrial bases, the import and export volume in Jilin Province reached new highs. In 2007, the volume broke the historical record reaching to 10 billion dollars and the domestic investment continuously doubled because of the sustainable and rapid growth of foreign investment. In 2013, the import and export volume in the whole province amounted to 25.853 billion dollars, an increase of 5.2%, ranking the 20th in the country. The export volume was 6.76 billion dollars, an increase of 13%, ranking the 24th in the country and the import volume was 19.096 billion dollars, an increase of 2.8%. The used foreign investment was 6.764 billion dollars, an increase of 16.3%, with 1.819 billion dollars of foreign direct investment, an increase of 10.4%. The total foreign capital was 527.988 billion yuan, an increase of 24.5%, with 485.211 billion yuan of the used capital from other provinces, an increase of 26.6%.
According to the customs statistics, the import and export volume of the whole province in 2014 amounted to 26.378 billion dollars, an increase of 2.1% more than the last year. The export volume was 5.778 billion dollars, a decrease of 14.3%, and the import volume was 20.6 billion dollars, an increase of 7.9%. The volume of   used foreign capital around the year was 7.653 billion dollars, an increase of 13.1%, with 1.966 billion dollars of foreign direct investment, an increase of 8.1%. The volume of used capital from other provinces was 588.093 billion yuan, an increase of 21.2%.
Regional Opening
Chang-Ji-Tu Development and Opening up Pilot Zone
On August 30th, 2009, the State Council officially approved the Outline of China Tumen River Regional Cooperation and Development Plan---Settling Chang-Ji-Tu as the Pilot Zone for Developing and Opening up and made it a national strategy. Chang-Ji-Tu is the first border region of development and opening up which is approved by Chinese Government.
The main scope of Chang-Ji-Tu Development and Opening up Pilot Zone is the core area of China Tumen Area, namely Changchun City, parts of Jilin City and Yanbian Prefecture in Jilin Province (Chang-Ji-Tu for short). In the meantime, it covers other regions in China involved in the international cooperation of Tumen River Area, including Liaoning Province, Heilongjiang Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and it involves contents of the cooperation between China and surrounding countries.
With the area of Changchun City, parts of Jilin City and Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of Jilin Province, Chang-Ji-Tu Area covers 73,200 square kilometers, accounting for 39.1% of the province, and has a population of 10,970,000 accounting for 40.7% of the whole. There are 2 megacities, 9 middle-sized and small cities, and 179 villages and towns in the area. According to the planning outline, Chang-Ji-Tu Development and Opening up Pilot Zone is based on Tumen River, facing Northeast Asia and serving the Northeast of China. With Hunchun as an open window, Yan (ji) Long (jing) Tu (men) as the open frontiers and Changchun and Jilin City as the main support, it will implement joint development and opening up policy between border areas and interior areas, lead the breakthrough and development, and make every effort to build the economic rising zone with strong power and form the open and developed leading area and demonstration plot in border areas.
Strategic positioning
——it is an important area of opening up and development in edgeways. The building of Chang-Ji-Tu Pilot Zone as the main part, encouraging to prior to carry and try on the areas of promoting complementary advantages and joint development between border area and inland, exploiting new international  channels of joint rail and water transportation,  exploring cross-border economic cooperation models .
——It is an important gateway to the opening of Northeast Asia. Promoting the construction pace of cross-border transportation appropriately, getting through the big channel of the railway and highway in eastern part of northeast quickly so as to steadily build a new international road in northeast China.
——It is an important platform for economic and technical cooperation in Northeast Asia. Taking the Hunchun border economic cooperation zone as a window and relying on the Chang-Ji-Tu industrial base, it attracts outside investors to participate the industrial restructuring and optimization of industrial layout, strengthens economic and technical cooperation in the border area and promotes the construction of cross-border economic cooperation zone.
——It is an important new growth pole in the northeast. Develop a bigger and stronger special advantage industry , further optimize distribution and cooperation of regional industries, co-construct core competitive new industry and modern service industry and  agricultural demonstration base, which will bring into full play to the engine effect of  Chang-Ji-Tu Pilot Zone in the economic and social development of Jilin province.
Since the implementation of Chang-Ji-Tu plan, Jilin province signed a batch of province-ministry cooperation agreements  and related industries agreements with relevant ministries and commissions which achieve positive effectiveness: overall planning strategy continue to go further, the external channel construction has made a breakthrough, several joint rail and water transportation routes have been established, the realization of cross-border transport of domestic cargo has been achieved by the harbor; the comprehensive loading capacity of Changji hinterland has been strengthened significantly, the function of Hunchun as a window has raised, the economic and trade cooperation of regional cross-border have been continuous to deepen; Chang-Ji institutional mechanisms innovation and public services integration have achieved new breakthroughs; opening platform for cooperation and carrier functions got remarkable effects.
The joint rail and water transportation route of the Tumen River area
The route of China(Hunchun)——Russia(Zarubino)——South Korea (Sokcho)——Japan(Niigata), was officially opened in March,2009. This route is the first one of the northeast of China to cross over the Japan Sea and through the west coast of Japan, compared with the existing sea routes to Japan, it has some advantages such as time-saving, short distance, and so on/. The opening of the route have made profound influence on the investment, economic and trade cooperation, mobility for passengers and freight and the tourism industry cooperation among China, Japan, South Korea and Russia, and will also play an important role in promoting the economy of the four countries.
The co-construction of a China-Russia   omnipotent Zarubino
In the CICA summit closed in Shanghai on May 22, 2014, Jilin province and Russian Su Ma Group signed the cooperation framework agreement, in which, both parties decided to co-construct a omnipotent Zarubino, planed to make it reach an annual throughput of 60 million tons, it is expected to become one of the biggest ports in the Northeast Asia. China and Russia have actively conducted cooperation, trying to construct the Zarubino into an international important cargo port mainly specialized in container transportation. The distance is only 60km from Russian Zarubino to the port of Hunchun, which will accelerate to get through the international logistic channel and make a great breakthrough for the strategy of Jilin province “export through the sea port”.
Development zones and industrial zones
There are 113 different kinds of development zones in Jilin Province now, including 13 national development zones, 62 provincial development zones and 37 industrial zones.
National development zones: Changchun High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Changchun Economic and Technological Development Zone, Changchun Automobile Economic Development Zone, Changchun Jingyue High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Changchun Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Zone, Jilin High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Jilin Economic and Technological Development Zone, Siping Hongzui Economic and Technological Development Zone, Tonghua medicine High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Songyuan Economic and Technological Development Zone, Yanji  Economic and Technological Development Zone, Hunchun Border Economic Cooperation Zone(Economic Processing Zone), Hunchun International Cooperation Demonstration Zone. In recent years, the development zones have created nearly over 65% of the whole province's GDP and becoming as the province's most dynamic region and a key growth point.
1. Changchun Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Zone  
On December 16th, 2011, the State Council officially approved the establishment of Changchun Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Zone in Jilin Province. This is the nineteenth national Comprehensive Bonded Zone, and for now, it is a customs special supervision area which has the most complete function, the most preferential policies, the highest level of opening up.
Changchun Xinglong Comprehensive Bonded Zone located in the southeast of Changchun, inside the Changchun Economic and Technological Development Zone in Xinglong Mountain Town. It covers a planning area of 4.89 square kilometers. According to the supervision principle of opening the board line, supervising the inland line, free trade in the zone and drawback into the zone, the customs implement the closed, informative and intensive management, and start customs clearance, export and processing, bonded logistics, entrepot trade, distribution of international purchasing and integrated service and other services. In the industry, relying on the advantages of Changchun manufacturing, the auto and auto electronic components processing industry, transportation equipment industry and module assembly manufacturing are mainly developed. At the same time, relying on the Changchun dry port, the port of Longjia International Airport, develop modern logistics industry for Northeast Asia.
2. Tumen (Hunchun) International Cooperation Demonstration Zone
On April 13th, 2012. China Tumen (Hunchun) International Cooperation Demonstration Zone was formally approved by the State Council, and also issued a number of opinions on supporting the Construction of International Cooperation Demonstration Zone in Tumen River Area. China Tumen (Hunchun) International Cooperation Demonstration Zone ranges about 90 square kilometers which mainly includes four economic zones: the International Industrial Cooperation Zone, the Border Trade Cooperation Zone, the Sino-North Korea Economic Cooperation Zone and Sino-Russia Economic Cooperation Zone.
Based on Hunchun, relying on Chang-Ji-Tu, facing Northeast Asia and service for the northeast area, China Tumen (Hunchun) International Cooperation Demonstration Zone will be built to be an important cooperation, development and open-up platform for China with Northeast, an important integrated transport hub and logistics center of Northeast Asia, an livable and new ecological residential area and finally growing into the significant economic growth pole and Tumen River area's cooperation and development bridgehead of Northeast China.
3.Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone
Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone was co-sponsored by the prime minister of the two countries on the seventh Asia-Europe Summit Meeting on October 2008. Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone is a strategic cooperation project aim to promote the cooperation in agriculture and food between the two countries, which have brought an impressive results after Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city and Sino-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park.
On September 6, 2012, the then Governor Wang Rulin and President of Singapore Temasek Holdings Kohl signed the Framework Agreement on Cooperation in Multiple Fields between Jilin Province and Singapore Temasek in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The then Premier Wen Jiabao and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien loong witnessed the signing, and that’s where the name “China-Singapore Jilin Food Zone” comes from.
China-Singapore Jilin Food Zone consists of the core area, the control area and the radiation area. Core area is located in Chalu River Town, YongJi County, Jilin city, with a planning area of 57 square kilometers, including six functional areas, such as food processing area, logistics area, commercial residential area, and so on. China-Singapore Jilin Food Zone will mainly focus on the development of food and health care products processing, science and technology research and development, leisure and tourism and other industries.
4. China-DPRK-Rason Economic Trade Zone  
China-DPRK-Rason Economic Trade Zone is located in northeast of North Korea, adjacent to Yanbian Prefecture in Jilin Province in China. In May, 2010, the top leaders of these two countries reached an important consensus and decided to develop and manage the Rason Economic Trade Zone jointly. These two governments signed the intergovernmental agreement and memorandum, and approved the layout plan for the joint development and management.
With a planning area of 470 square kilometers, China-DPRK Rason Economic Trade Zone mainly focus on infrastructure, industrial park, logistics network, cooperative development and construction of tourism, and develops six main industries, including raw material industry, equipment industry, high-tech industry, light industry, service industry, high-efficient modern agriculture. It will be gradually built into an advanced manufacturing base in North Korea and international logistics center and regional tourist center in Northeast Asia at the same time.
According to the development and cooperation principle of “government guidance, enterprise priority, market operation, mutual benefit and win-win”, the two parties should work together, bring their own superiorities into full play, accelerate the infrastructure construction in Rason Economic Trade Zone, attract more investments from enterprises and finally build the Economic Trade Zone into the demonstration zone of China-DPRK economic and trade cooperation, as well as a platform to cooperate with other countries in the world in the areas of economy and trade.
Festival convention and Exhibition
China-Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo
China-Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo,approved by the State Council, co-sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, National development and Reform Commission and People’s Government of Jilin Province in the long run, is an international comprehensive expo in state-level. It is an important movement for Chinese government to promote exchanges and cooperation in the field of politics, diplomacy, economy and trade, humanities with other countries in Northeast Asia. In 2014, China-Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo, which has been written into Sino-Korea Joint Statement and Sino-Mongolia Joint Declaration, became an important platform to promote Sino-Korea and Sino-Mongolia cooperation and showed the outside world the important status and significance of China-Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo on serving the diplomacy of the neighboring countries. In September, 2015, the 10th Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo will be held in Changchun International Conference and Exhibition Center.
With “catering to the world and serving for Northeast Asia, seek for peace, harmony, cooperation and consensus, sharing and win-win ” as its ambition, and “opening and mutual trust, seeking for development, creating a new vision of cooperation in Northeast Asia” as its theme, Northeast Asia Expo seeks for the cooperation with countries in Northeast Asia and around the world. Northeast Asia exposition has been successfully held for nine sessions. It has attracted a total trade volume of 6.563 billion yuan, and had a total of 2,169 investment and cooperation projects signed which account for more than 1 trillion yuan of investment. Northeast Asia Expo became the main platform to promote the cooperation in Northeast Asia and the revitalization of the old industrial base in Northeast China.
Changchun International Film Festival
Established in 1992, the Changchun International Film Festival is approved and held by the Ministry of Broadcast, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China, both international and national. The festival is held every two years with the slogan “The film sets up the stage to let economy develop”. In the content, it integrates film, culture, economy, trade, science and travel; artistically, it emphasizes “carrying on the era theme” and pursues “the great popularization of film culture, the big harvest of economy and trade activities” as well as “high quality, good returns and great influence”. Since establishment of the Changchun International Film Festival, its influence has continuously extended. So far, the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival, the Zhuhai Film Festival and the Changchun International Film Festival have together been known as “China’s Four Major Film Festivals”.
China Changchun Agriculture • Food Exposition (Trade Fair)
China Changchun Agriculture • Food Exposition (Trade Fair) is co-sponsored by the National Ministry of Agriculture, the Jilin Provincial Government and Changchun Municipal Government. It was first held in 2000, and had been successfully held for 13 years until 2014. At present, the site of Agriculture Expo has reached 1.06 million square meters, and the accumulative number of visitors has exceeded 14.6 million, with the volume of trade achieving more than 90 billion yuan and the volume of spot trade achieving 4 billion yuan. Therefore, it is rated such honors as “China’s most influential 10 professional brand expositions” as well as “Golden Tripod Award for China’s Brand Exposition”, “Changchun’s Advanced Unit of Exposition”, “Innovation Award for National Outstanding Exposition Venues”, “Golden Tripod Award for National Best Exposition Activities” and so on. The Agriculture Expo has become a large agriculture brand exposition with distinct theme, grand scale, higher level, rich connotations, and unique features, and with certain professional level, greater influence and appeal home and abroad. It has become a city card of Changchun, a flagship of leading the development of modern agriculture, and an indispensible and important activity of the economic life in the whole province.
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