Bringing Hainan to Beijing ④:The Root Economy boosts the HFTP

By / HICN / Updated: 21:32,08-March-2022

Editor's notes:

On the morning of March 5, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang mentioned the development of the Hainan Free Trade Port (FTP) once again in the central government's work report. For four consecutive years, the FTP has been raised consistently in the annual report. Reference to the FTP has gone from "exploration" to "acceleration", then from "promotion" to "solid progress". The evolution in rhetoric in the report shows sound affirmation of the progress made in the FTP's development. As 2022 is the year during which Hainan will begin the whole-island process of customs closure, this year is a critical one, and is attracting worldwide attention.

In this episode, we interview Zhang Jijiao, Director of the Ethnic Society Research department, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Professor & Doctoral Supervisor at the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. A native of Qionghai, Hainan, Zhang Jijiao graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in 1987 and has been working at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences since then. Zhang Jijiao has published more than 30 monographs, collections of papers and translations, over 300 academic papers, visited 37 countries and regions, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto, Canada, and the International Institute of the International Museum of Ethnology, Japan.

Dr. Zhang Jijiao combines his years of observation and research in Chinese anthropology and ethnography with his insights on the development of Hainan's Free Trade Port through the concepts of "Root Economy" and "Enterprise Anthropology". The "Root Economy" refers to overseas Chinese capital and their economic chain, which will continue to play an important role in the development of the Hainan Free Trade Port. "Enterprise Anthropology”, on the other hand, emphasizes that the key to gathering talent is the development of industry.



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