The short-term objective for Dalian is to shape its urban layout by 2015, and has plans to progress in becoming an international shipping hub for China’s Northeast, as well as a logistics and a regional financial center. Its modern industrial clusters include software, shipbuilding, petrifaction, equipment manufacturing, new energy, auto and accessories, biology and medicine, integrated circuits and electronics and other competitive industrial groups. With the apparent improvement of comprehensive strength in Dalian, it has set up cooperation mechanisms with big and medium-sized cities in the Northeast, with a production value of 1000 billion RMB, taking up15% of the output value in Northeast China. The main index of ecological environment will reach the national standard, and thus its people's living standards will also improve. The numbers of its permanent residents is expected to total at 7 million by 2015, acquiring the core and leading position in the economic region of Liaoning and Northeast China.
The urbanization process will make a breakthrough in 2020, uplifting the functions of the main city area, developing more competitive and more vigorous city clusters.. Modern industries and high-end manufacturing will become the backbone of Dalian’s economy. Independent innovation will be drastically elevated. The city will be even further strengthened, developing cooperative partnerships with big and medium-sized cities in Northeast China and raising productivity to 17% of its total value. In Northeast China, with its permanent residents close to 8 million, the ratio of tertiary industry surpassing the second industry will make Dalian the strongest, central city of the Northeast by 2020.
By 2030, the urbanization of the city will be complete. The layout of the city will be more reasonable, the regional development more coordinated, the ecological environment more beautiful, the social welfare more complete, and people will lead a well-off life. The increased value of the service sector will exceed 70% of its total value, and local production values will reach 20% or more of its total output value in Northeast China. Its permanent residents will amount to about 10 million. Dalian will become a leading city with strong influence in Northeast China and also Northeast Asia.