A key regional economic group within China has just expanded its membership with the addition of seven new cities.
A meeting of the Yangtze River Delta Urban Economic Coordination Conference (长三角城市经济协调会) held on 15 October unanimously approved the addition of seven cities in the Yangtze River Delta region as new members.
These cities include Bengbu, Huangshan, Liu’an, Huaibei, Suzhou, Zhangzhou and Fuyang.
The move brings the number of member cities of the conference to 41 in total.
The Yangtze River Delta Urban Economic Coordination Conference was first established in 1997 with a total of 15 member cities, as a voluntary, cross-regional cooperative organisation for urban centres in the Yangtze River area.