Sub­urbs to help cap­i­tal ease pres­sure frompop­u­la­tion

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By DUJUAN dujuan@chi­

Bei­jing will im­prove in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion and pub­lic ser­vices in its sub­ur­ban ar­eas dur­ing the 13th Five-Year-Plan pe­riod (201620), help­ing the cap­i­tal man­age its large pop­u­la­tion.

The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment re­leased an ur­ban-ru­ral in­te­gra­tion plan on Mon­day, which says that the de­vel­op­ment of Bei­jing’s sub­ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas is the key for re­liev­ing the pres­sure of the city’s pop­u­la­tion.

Bei­jing will ac­cel­er­ate the con­struc­tion of sub­ur­ban ar­eas, im­prov­ing ser­vices for ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, health, sports and cul­ture to move some city func­tions away from the down­town cen­ter.

SunWenkai, di­rec­tor of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion ofRu­ral Af­fairs, said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence that it’s ur­gent to im­prove the de­vel­op­ment of sub­ur­ban ar­eas in Bei­jing.

“The cap­i­tal will build a group of towns with var­i­ous func­tions for peo­ple from the city to travel or work,” he said. “It will im­prove eco­log­i­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in ru­ral ar­eas and raise lo­cal peo­ple’s in­comes.”

Sun Ji­uwen, a pro­fes­sor in the School of Eco­nom­ics at Ren­min Univer­sity of China, whose re­search in­ter­ests are re­gional econ­omy and sus­tain­able ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, said dis­pers­ing the pop­u­la­tion and city func­tions through­out Bei­jing will bring huge de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to sub­ur­ban ar­eas.

“The in­te­gra­tion of Bei­jingTian­jin-He­bei will be­come a key task dur­ing the 13th FiveYear-Plan pe­riod and even be­yond that, which means sub­ur­ban ar­eas will take some func­tions from Bei­jing, in­clud­ing sci­ence and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal care, as well as high-tech in­dus­trial growth.

For a cleaner city, the gov­ern­ment has been pro­mot­ing clean en­ergy use in ru­ral ar­eas, he said.

Su Wei­dong, deputy head of the com­mis­sion, said coal use for cook­ing and heat­ing will be changed to nat­u­ral gas in all 3,000 or so vil­lages in Bei­jing by the end of 2020 to cre­ate a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment.

It will build a group of towns with var­i­ous func­tions for peo­ple from the city to travel or work.”

Sun Wenkai, di­rec­tor of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Ru­ral Af­fairs

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