Chinese Central Government to Push Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region’s Integrated Development
The 2014 China Urban Development International Forum was held in Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province. At the forum, on Aug. 2, Cunzhi HU, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Land and Resources, revealed that the State Council was to set up a leading group and relevant offices for coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, with Vice Premier Gaoli ZHANG as group leader.
The coordinated development of the Region has been discussed since the 1980s. In 1986, Ruihuan LI, serving as Mayor of Tianjin, called for a joint economic conference of mayors in the Bohai Bay Area. In 2004, the National Development and Reform Committee set up a working group to draft a development plan for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Area. Despite the efforts, the Region is still in an imbalanced development. Until the beginning of this year, when the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integration proposal had been raised to the level of national strategy, which happened shortly after President Jinping XI listening to the work reports of the cooperative development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region on Feb. 26. On Mar. 5, Premier Keqiang LI, in his Report on the Work of Government, confirmed the idea to strengthen economic cooperation in the Bohai Bay Area and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, as well as its integration and coordinated development.
As one of the highest-level regional economic development groups, the leading group of the Region shows that the Chinese central government is determined to promote the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integration, including the adjustment of interests of the three places. When presiding over a special meeting of the leading group, Gaoli ZHANG announced to do well in the following five aspects: scientific orientation of regional functions, transport integration, constructing an ecological environment, industrial transfer and takeover, and innovation of the institutional mechanism.