On May 25, 2004,Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao put an inspection tour at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. and heard reports on the constructions of both Waigaoqiao and Changxing island shipbuilding bases, presented by CSSC's President Chen Xiaojin, Vice-president Tan Zuojun, and members of the leadership of the shipyard.
After the inspection, Premier Wen told CSSC: "I still believe that there exists a huge development potentiality in China's shipbuilding industry. This is a labour-concentrated as well as technology-concentrated industry. It can create foreign funds and be used in both military and civilian. Now we have foundation to further develop shipbuilding, highly demands by global and domestic market, so our shipbuilding industry will certainly grow dramatically. Shanghai shipbuilding industry does have a very solid foundation."