Beijing’s new sub-centre must be peo­ple-ori­ented: Xi

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEIJING—Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has called for peo­ple-ori­ented ap­proach in plan­ning and build­ing a new sub-cen­ter for the na­tion’s cap­i­tal city Beijing.

“Glob­ally ad­vanced en­ergy-sav­ing and en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion tech­nolo­gies, stan­dards, ma­te­ri­als and crafts­man­ship must be ex­ten­sively used to build a green city, a for­est city, a spongy city and a smart city,” Xi said at a con­fer­ence of the Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC). The plan­ning, de­sign and con­struc­tion of the sub-cen­ter must have global out­look and Chi­nese char­ac­ters, use high stan­dards, and stick to the con­cept of in­no­va­tive, co­or­di­nated, green and in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment, said a state­ment is­sued af­ter the meet­ing. “Plan­ning must come before con­struc­tion, the use of every inch of land must be con­sid­ered care­fully before con­struc­tion be­gins, “Xi said. He urged city plan­ners and builders to bear in mind that they are cre­at­ing history and mak­ing an art piece. The mater plan must take into con­sid­er­a­tion peo­ple’s needs to work, live and en­ter­tain. Trans­port, ed­u­ca­tion and health ser­vice must be con­ve­nient. The sub-cen­ter must have Chi­nese el­e­ments and bor­row from other cul­tures, Xi said. The sub-cen­ter could help ad­just the space lay­out of Beijing, rid it of mega city prob­lems and pro­mote the co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment of the Beijing-Tian­jin-He­bei re­gion, Xi said.

The meet­ing dis­cussed progress made in im­ple­ment­ing the plan in pro­mot­ing co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment in the Beijing-Tian­jinHe­bei re­gion, hail­ing head­way made in trans­port, bi­o­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment and in­dus­try. “Be­nign in­ter­ac­tions among Beijing, Tian­jin and He­bei have made tan­gi­ble re­sults. Co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment has seen a good be­gin­ning,” Xi said.

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