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Developing Pudong - Building a Modern Greater Shanghai
By:SPAFFC  |  From:SPAFFC  |  2019-11-06 18:35





  In spring of 1981, Wang Daohan chaired an urban planning meeting of Shanghai, the first such meeting since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. At this meeting, he proposed to develop Pudong area in a planned way. Two years later, Shanghai established the overall goal for Pudong development, that is, to restore Shanghai’s status and functions as an international metropolis and build an “open, multi-functional and modern” first-class new urban district in the world. In 1985, the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee submitted the plan to the State Council of China for approval. This marks the inclusion of Pudong development in the blueprint for Shanghai’s development.

  In spring, 1985, Lin Tung-yen, a Chinese American and a renowned bridge specialist, sent a report entitled “Feasibility Studies on ‘All-round Development’ of a Modern Greater Shanghai” to the Shanghai Municipal Government. In 1986, during his visit to San Francisco as the economic advisor to the Shanghai Municipal Government, Wang Daohan met with Lin Tung-yen. The two had an in-depth discussion about Pudong development. Following the meeting, Lin Tung-yen revised his report and presented a new report entitled “Developing Pudong - Building a Modern Greater Shanghai” to the then Shanghai Mayor Jiang Zemin. In the report, he proposed Pudong development and suggested taking Pudong as the basis and having the entire world in view. After reading this report, Jiang Zemin gave great importance to the Pudong development proposal. He asked former mayor Wang Daohan to carry it forward with every effort.

  In April, 1987, the Shanghai Municipal Government approved the establishment of a joint China-U.S. research team on Pudong development and engaged Lin Tung-yen as its senior advisor. It laterapproved the setting up of a joint Pudong development consultancy research group and decided that Wang Daohan and Lin Tung-yen establish contacts and push ahead with the close cooperation between their respective research staff.