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the State Council issued the “reply on agreeing to comprehensively deepen the innovative development pilot of service trade” on November 11, which agreed to comprehensively deepen the innovation and development pilot of service trade in 28 provinces and cities (regions) including Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. The period for comprehensively deepening the pilot project is three years, starting from the date of approval.

points out that it agrees in principle to the “overall pilot scheme for comprehensively deepening the innovative development of service trade” proposed by the Ministry of Commerce, and agrees to carry out pilot projects in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing (21 municipal districts including Fuling District), Hainan, Dalian, Xiamen, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Changchun, Harbin, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Jinan, Weihai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Guangzhou, etc Chengdu, Guiyang, Kunming, Xi’an, Urumqi, Hebei xiong’an new area, Guizhou Gui’an new area, Shaanxi Xixian new area and other 28 provinces and cities (regions) comprehensively deepen the innovative development pilot of service trade.

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have made it clear that the focus of deepening the pilot work of innovation and development of service trade is to reform the management system, expand the opening up, improve the policy system, improve the promotion mechanism, innovate the development model, and optimize the regulatory system, so as to explore the path for the innovative development of service trade in the whole country. Zheng Wei, associate researcher of China service outsourcing research center of

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, told the economic reference news that in 2016, China launched the first batch of service trade innovation and development pilot projects, including 15 regions such as Shanghai and Hainan; in 2018, the pilot project entered the deepening stage, adding Beijing and xiong’an new areas, with 17 pilot areas. In the past four years, the pilot areas have played a leading role in promoting the innovation and high-quality development of China’s service trade. According to the data of

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from the Ministry of Commerce, in 2019, the service import and export of pilot areas accounted for more than 75% of the whole country, and the development speed was faster than the national average level. Driven by the pilot project, the total import and export of services in China increased from US $654.2 billion in 2015 to US $785 billion in 2019, with an average annual growth of 4.7%. Among them, the average annual growth rate of service export is 6.7%, which is higher than the average growth rate of global service export and the growth rate of China’s goods export.

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Zheng Wei also pointed out that during the epidemic period, the driving role of the pilot areas was further highlighted. “In the first half of this year, China’s trade in goods and the traditional service trade represented by travel and transportation were greatly affected by the epidemic. However, driven by the pilot service trade, China’s intellectual property use fees, telecommunications, computer and information services and other knowledge and technology intensive service trade rose against the trend, playing an important role in stabilizing foreign trade.”

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have been affected by the epidemic situation, but the pilot work of service trade has been carried out in an orderly manner, and a batch of successful experiences have been summed up, basically forming a pattern of regional coordination and dislocation development, and the leading, demonstrating and driving effects are more significant. ” Zheng Wei believes that with the further expansion of the pilot area and the promotion of the overall plan for comprehensively deepening the innovation and development of the pilot project, the pilot areas will make more breakthroughs in the innovation of system and mechanism, and accumulate experience for China’s comprehensive deepening reform in the field of service trade. According to the original title of

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of Xinhua news agency, 28 places including Chengdu are listed as