On July 27, 2004, Chinese President Hu Jintao along with Chen Liangyu, Secretary of Shanghai Municipal Committee of CPC, Wang Gang, Director of General Office of the Central Committee of CPC, and Han Zheng, Mayor of Shanghai, put an inspection tour at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. and heard reports on the constructions of both Waigaoqiao and Changxing island shipbuilding bases, which was presented by CSSC's President Chen Xiaojin and other members from the Corp.
During the inspection, President Hu told CSSC: “The Chinese shipbuilding industry should take up an important share in the world shipbuilding industry; and I’m glad to learn that our output in 2003 reached 6 million tons, holding more than 10% of the overall output in the world, which is a visible progress from the past. However, we should also be aware that there’s still a gap between us and those top shipbuilding countries in R&D, building capability and self-made advanced equipments. Therefore, the task right in front of us is to catch up in the shortest time for the further purposes of being one of the largest shipbuilding countries and to be one of the strongest shipbuilding nations. In order to realize the target, we should make great efforts continuously. For the current situation of our country, we have more predominance in developing shipbuilding industry than any time in before, since there are fast growing demands in both domestic and global markets and also we have the low-pay but well trained labours. So, if we exert our advantage, upgrade the abilities of self development and innovation, the Chinese shipbuilding industry will of course make another progress in the next few years.”
After Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong, Premier Wen Jiabao each put an inspection on April 24th, and May 25th, President Hu Jintao putting an addition inspection on July 27th shows the high concerns from the central government on the Chinese shipbuilding industry. Within only 3 months, 3 national leaders putting 3 inspections at Shanghai shipbuilding industry is the first time in the Chinese history.