China Economic Weekly December 8, 2014
In February 2014, chinese President Xi Jinping called for integrated and coordinated development of neighboring cities of Beijing, tianjin and hebei Province. China Economic Weekly looks at what each region expects from this strategy and how to boost regional integration.
With the integration plan in place, Beijing will find cures to “urban diseases” such as traffic congestion, huge pollution and overburdened healthcare and education systems. due to the trio’s contiguity, the problems, pollution in particular, require joint efforts for resolution. For hebei, which geographically circles the capital but generates a GDP per square km only about 10 percent of that of Beijing, it is an opportunity to absorb investments and take over some industries to boost the local economy. Tianjin targets at industries and functions complementary to Beijing.
Industrial integration doesn’t mean merely moving factories from one place to another. experts say each region’s advantages should be fully used in the cooperation. Beijing should play its role in technological innovation better. It can then be applied to specific industries in hebei.