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Xiongan New Area crucial for the future

(chinadaily.com.cn)Updated: 2017-04-06

Guangdong-based Nanfang Daily published a review titled "Xiongan New Area, Crucial for the Millennium to Come" on April 5 to support the decision made by the central leadership to establish Xiongan New Area in Hebei province.

The historic decision was announced on Saturday as part of measures to advance the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, sparking interest around the world.

The new area, similar to Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and Shanghai Pudong New District, is of national significance and "crucial for the millennium to come", according to an official circular.

The move will help phase out some non-capital functions from Beijing, explore a new model of optimized development in densely-populated areas, and restructure the urban layout of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, according to the circular.

The move is a "major historic and strategic choice made by the CPC Central Committee with President Xi as the core," said the circular, which described the decision as crucial for the coming millennium.

Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, Xi has inspected the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region many times and has presided over meetings to investigate the coordinated development in this region.

A series of directions and edicts from central government has set the positioning, targets, focus and paths of the coordinated development in this region, and provided theoretical foundations for energizing coordinated development in this region and constructing Xiongan New Area.

The coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region is meaningful, and should be promoted at national level.

Through dispersal of non-capital functions as well as economic and area structural adjustment, we should find a new way to boost coordinated development and form a new regional growth pole.

In order to explore an effective way to develop without placing excess strain on the environment, it is a requirement to realize the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

"We should be more self-conscious, take the initiative and be creative to promote the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, and be braver in forming a new systemic framework and mechanism through comprehensively deepening reforms," according to the circular.

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