Date
25 September 2017
Chinese authorities are planning an integrated development model for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese authorities are planning an integrated development model for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei co-development plan seen almost ready

The draft of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei co-development plan is almost ready, making it likely that it will be submitted to the State Council for approval before the end of this month, Economic Information Daily reported Thursday, citing an unnamed person with knowledge of the matter.

The plan, which is set to be titled “United collaborative development and planning of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei” and will meet President Xi Jinping’s demand on the issue, is likely be made public soon, the source said.

Even so, the source also pointed out that there is still disagreement over some issues in the plan, mainly regarding how to achieve a balance in terms of interest distribution, how to allocate functions in various places of the regions, and how many centers and sub-centers there should be.

According to information acquired by the newspaper, the National Development and Reform Commission has basically divided the so-called capital economic circle into four functional areas.

The western and northern part covering Chengde and Zhangjiakou is designed to be an area for ecology protection and development of ecology-related industries. The central part, which covers Beijing, Tianjin, Langfang and Tangshan, will focus on improvement and adjustment. The southern part, including Shijiazhuang and Baoding, is mainly for manufacturing and agriculture, while the eastern part by the coast, including Qinhuangdao, Tangshan and Tianjin, will be developed for port industry.

Generally speaking, the plan aims to create two cores, three axes, one belt and three key zones for development. Beijing and Tianjin will be the cores. The axes run along Beijing-Tianjin-Tanggu, Beijing-Baoding-Shijiazhuang and Beijing-Tangshan-Qinhuagdao. The “belt” refers to the coastal economic belt and the “zones” cover Zhongguancun in Beijing, Tianjin’s Binhai New Area and the Caofeidian industrial zone on the Bohai Bay.

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