RE­GIONAL IN­TE­GRA­TION

China Eco­nomic Weekly De­cem­ber 8, 2014

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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.

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