Designed by the State Council to become the prime economic powerhouse of China’s interior, Chongqing has been showing breakneck growth over the past decade, hence practically opening up and driving forward the development of the country’s vast western regions. This future megacity is a core manufacturing hotspot, reachable by ocean-fit container vessels via the Yangtze River. Chongqing is also on the way to become a top financial center. Under the direct control of the central government, local transition here is serving the broader plan to interconnect China more intensively than ever with the outside world. Read the full article.