Hon­ing in on Well-be­ing

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Re­cently, the north­ern part of China has suf­fered bit­ter cold weather, but Shimin dui­hua yibashou (“a di­a­logue be­tween heads of the gov­ern­ment agen­cies of Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and its res­i­dents”), a pro­gramme of Bei­jing’s so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment or­gan­ised by the In­for­ma­tion Of­fice of the Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment of Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Ra­dio Bei­jing Cor­po­ra­tion, Bei­jing TV Sta­tion and other me­dia agen­cies, at­tracted the at­ten­tion of Bei­jingers. It was broad­cast dur­ing the 1st Ses­sion of the 13th Com­mit­tee of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence and the 1st Ses­sion of the 15th Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Con­gress in late Jan­u­ary 2018.

Dur­ing the pro­gramme, Deng Naip­ing, di­rec­tor of the Bei­jing Gar­den­ing and Green­ing Bu­reau, an­nounced that Bei­jing will launch a new round of one-mil­lion- mu af­foresta­tion (one mu is ap­prox­i­mately equal to 0.067 hectare), cov­er­ing its plain ar­eas, hills, ur­ban ar­eas and satel­lite towns in the spring of 2018. The af­foresta­tion will fol­low the re­quire­ments of the Bei­jing Ur­ban Mas­ter Plan (2016–2030) re­gard­ing its Ur­ban Spa­tial Struc­ture known as “One Main Area, One Sub- cen­tre, Two Axes and Mul­ti­ple Points” and its Green Eco­log­i­cal Space known as “One Bar­rier, Three Rings, Five Rivers and Nine Wedges.” As of the end of 2017, the cov­er­age rate of com­pleted pub­lic green spa­ces in Dongcheng and Xicheng districts us­ing a 500-me­tre ra­dius, is 90.42 per­cent and 95.03 per­cent, re­spec­tively, mean­ing the dis­tance be­tween most res­i­dents’ dwellings and green spa­ces isn’t greater 500 me­tres in the two districts. Bei­jing’s eco­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment is im­prov­ing and res­i­dents are get­ting more ex­po­sure to na­ture.

In 2017, there were rapid changes in the ur­ban man­age­ment of Bei­jing. Bei­jing be­gan up­grad­ing 1,484 back­streets and al­leys, 750 of which have been com­pleted, and launched a sys­tem of street and al­ley man­age­ment, in­clud­ing nom­i­nat­ing 2,432 heads of streets and al­leys, which has cov­ered all al­leys and back­streets in cen­tral ur­ban ar­eas.

Bei­jing will take more mea­sures in 2018. At a press con­fer­ence held dur­ing the 1st Ses­sion of the 15th Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Con­gress, lead­ers of gov­ern­ment agen­cies said they are work­ing on de­tailed man­age­ment of the city’s op­er­a­tion. Bei­jing will com­plete the up­grad­ing of 615 back­streets and al­leys in six districts in its ur­ban ar­eas and con­tinue to im­ple­ment the up­grad­ing of 989 back­streets and al­leys in its suburbs, in­clud­ing Chaoyang, Shi­jing­shan and Tongzhou districts, and carry out waste sort­ing in gov­ern­ment agen­cies, schools and hos­pi­tals, as re­quired by law.

The pur­pose of strength­en­ing eco­log­i­cal im­prove­ment and ur­ban man­age­ment is to en­hance res­i­dents’ sense of hap­pi­ness, ful­fill­ment and se­cu­rity. Li Wan­jun, di­rec­tor of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Bu­reau of Civil Af­fairs, ex­plained dur­ing the pro­gramme that Bei­jing has main­tained an­nual growth of 10 per­cent in fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment in the care of the el­derly for five con­sec­u­tive years, in­vest­ment in el­derly care was 1.2 bil­lion yuan in 2017 and that Bei­jing is­sued 2.53 mil­lion Bei­jing Tong cards (a ser­vice card for the el­derly and dis­abled).

Dur­ing the pro­gramme, Xu Xi, di­rec­tor of Bei­jing’s Mu­nic­i­pal Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity Bu­reau, said that in 2017, more than 1.8 mil­lion farm­ers were cov­ered by med­i­cal in­sur­ance and that when hold­ing a med­i­cal card, most ex­penses are cov­ered by med­i­cal in­sur­ance af­ter card­hold­ers pay other costs; 40,000 farm­ers found jobs based on poli­cies for the trans­fer of ru­ral sur­plus la­bor is­sued by the gov­ern­ment; Bei­jing will re­lease poli­cies to ad­vance vo­ca­tional train­ing for farm­ers and es­tab­lish a ser­vice plat­form of “In­ter­net plus Em­ploy­ment and En­trepreneur­ship” to in­te­grate re­sources of the gov­ern­ment and mar­ket in 2018, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion from sup­ply and de­mand to en­able bet­ter em­ploy­ment ser­vices for farm­ers.

The steps Bei­jing takes are meant to be closely re­lated to the theme of its devel­op­ment: peo­ple’s well-be­ing. The city will con­tinue to show­case ro­bust strength in its so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment in 2018.

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