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President Jinping XI Puts Forward Seven Requirements on Coordinated Development of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region
On Feb. 26, after a debrief on the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region at a symposium in Beijing, President Jinping XI put forward seven requirements. Firstly, high-level design should be stressed including the formulation of an integrated development plan for the capital economic circle and the clarification of major regional issues, such as functional orientation, industrial division, city layout, supporting facilities, comprehensive transportation system, etc. In addition, specific measures on related fiscal policies, investment policies, and project arrangements should also be formed. Secondly, efforts should be made to boost the collaborative development. The traditional mentality of minding-one’s-own-business should be abandoned and all cities should cooperate with each other to jointly realize the shared development goal. And the economic development coordination mechanism of the round-Bohai region should fully be brought into play. Thirdly, collaborations on industrial connections in the region should be accelerated. The industrial development chain of the three areas should be made clear, and a rational industrial distribution and an industrial up- and down-stream connection mechanism should be formed, in order to avoid the isomorphic and homogeneous regional development. Fourthly, the city layout and spatial structure should be adjusted and optimized to facilitate the labor division and collaboration of cities and to improve the integration level of the city cluster, so as to promote the comprehensive bearing capacity and the interior development level of the region. Fifthly, the environmental capacity and eco-space should be increased through regional cooperation on eco-environmental protection. On the basis of the collaboration mechanism for air pollution prevention and control, the cooperation mechanism in other fields like the construction of protected forest, water resource protection, water environment treatment, application of clean resources, etc., should be completed. Sixthly, efforts should be put into establishing a modern transportation network system. With transportation integration as the antecedence, an inter-connected and linked transportation network that is rapid, convenient, efficient, safe, high-capacity, and low-cost should be established gradually. Seventhly, the process to form an integrated market should be boosted further. Various institutional obstacles that restrict the free flowing and optimal allocation of production factors including fund, techniques, property rights, talents, and labor force should be overcome with great efforts.

President XI emphasized that regarding the significance of the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, it should be considered from a national strategic perspective. The work towards coordinated regional development should be carried out with consciousness, initiative, and creativity. And we should have more courage in forming a new mechanism via in-depth and all-round reforms.

Currently several areas have taken actions to respond to these requirements. Lately, the environment protection departments of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inter Mongolia, and Shandong declared to break administrative divisions and to jointly resolve the problem of smog. Specifically speaking, these six provinces and regions will establish a joint regional air quality forecast, warning, and emergency management mechanism and a regional heavy pollution warning consultation and emergency response mechanism. In addition, joint law enforcement will be carried out in the region, and an information sharing platform will be constructed for the group collaborations. At the recently held symposium on the joint prevention and control of air pollution in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region and surrounding areas, consensus was reached that high-level design should be strengthened. The region and its surrounding areas should be considered as a whole. And with the regional environmental capacity as the restrictive factor and the resources and location features of each province, city, and region as the basis, the functional orientation of each area in the region should be planned as a whole, so as to form an industrial layout that has complementary advantages.  

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