Qingdao ambitious to be exemplary city

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According to Fei, Shandong is aiming to build up its primary marine industries such as ocean farming, secondary industries such as marine equipment manufacturing and new energy, and tertiary industries such as tourism.

A package of deals valued at 255 billion yuan, including new energy, international logistics, tourism and culture, was signed as part of the new marine economic development strategy in the coastal province last month.

"All development programs are set out according to their local situation and handling capacity," Fei said.

"We will never sacrifice nature for temporary development," he added.

More than half of the national oceanic scientific research programs and many ocean research institutions are located in Qingdao.

"We will bring our scientific research advantages into full play," said Xia Geng, mayor of Qingdao.

In 2011, a national program for studying deep-sea science will be set up in Qingdao, which aims to enhance research capability in developing ocean resources and protecting marine environments.

National marine conservation areas, wetland nature reserves and protected islands will be marked out. Qingdao will also hold the Blue Economic International Forum this year.

"Qingdao will be the model city for a harmonious society between people and the ocean," said Xia.

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