State Council Agrees to Establish Jiangbei New Area in Nanjing
On Jun. 27, 2015, China’s State Council issued the State Council’s Approval on Establishing the Jiangbei New Area of Nanjing City. After the establishment of the Jiangbei New Area of Nanjing City, there will be 13 state-level new areas in China, including the Pudong New Area of Shanghai City, Binhai New Area of Tianjin City, Liangjiang New Area of Chongqing City, Zhoushan Islands New Area of Zhejiang Province, Lanzhou New Area of Gansu Province, Nansha New Area of Guangdong Province, Xixian New Area of Shaanxi Province, Gui’an New Area of Guizhou Province, Xihai’an (West Coast) New Area of Qingdao City, Jinpu New Area of Dalian City, Tianfu New Area of Sichuan Province, and Xiangjiang New Area of Hunan Province. Jiangbei New Area, the second state-level new area that China’s State Council approved this year, is located in the north of the Yangtze River in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, including Pukou District, Liuhe District, and Baguazhou Jiedao of Qixia District with a total planned area of 788 km2. The Approval points out that Jiangbei New Area construction is an important measure to implement the overall strategy for the regional development and the State Council’s Guideline on Promoting the Development of the Yangtze River Economic Zone Based on Waterways (No. 39  of the State Council). In addition, it should fully promote the leading role of Jiangbei New Area in the innovative development and new urbanization development, so as to promote the modernization of southern Jiangsu Province and rapid development of the Yangtze River Economic Zone.
Meanwhile, the Approval requires that Jiangbei New Area should explore an institutional mechanism for the integrative development with the administrative region and develop an efficient management system as soon as possible with clear accountability. Furthermore, it is crucial to optimize spatial layout, to economically and intensively use land, to protect arable land and farmland, and to conserve water resources. Relevant key policies and major construction projects should be submitted for approval in accordance with established procedures.