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CPC Central Committee and the State Council Announces Establishing Another National New Area: Xiongan New Area
On Apr. 1, 2017, the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council issued a circular in which it was stated that the government will develop Xiongan New Area in Hebei Province, which is another new area of national significance after the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Shanghai Pudong New Area.The planning scope of the Xiongan New Area covers the counties of Xiongxian, Rongcheng and Anxin, and certain surrounding areas with Baiyangdian, one of the largest freshwater wetlands in north China. Located at a hinterland where Beijing, Tianjin, and Baoding neighbor on each other, the advances in geographical location of the area is obvious, the transportation condition is convenient, the eco-environment is of high-grade, the bearing capacity of the environmental resources is comparatively strong, the current development degree is relatively low, and the further development space is abundant, all of which make the area qualified for high-start-point and high-standard development and construction. The development will be initiated in a starting area that covers about 100 km2, and it will be further expanded to 200 km2 in the mid-term and about 2,000 km2 in the long-run. The construction of the new area is a move of great practical significance and profound historic influences in terms of accommodating the non-capital functions in Beijing, exploring new optimized development patterns in densely populated area, adjusting and optimizing the urban layout and spatial structure within the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, and fostering a new engine for innovation-driven development.

According to the circular, the areas and departments concerned should discreetly implement the important instructions made by President Xi Jinping. Following the decision of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, efforts should be put into seeking unity in thinking, and willingly maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, uphold the leadership core, and keep in alignment, so as to push forward the work relating to the construction of Xiongan New Area. What’s more, the city design of the area should apply the most advanced concepts and world first-class standards to build benchmark projects and models for city construction. 

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