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Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region makes strides in integrated development



Ten years after the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integrated development initiative upgraded to a national strategy, the region has witnessed impressive progress in achieving better integration and balanced development.

Launched in 2014, the strategy aimed to address regional imbalances and unlock the collective potential of the three regions.

The central government, alongside relevant departments, consistently implemented the strategy through specific actions and supportive policies across various sectors like industry and education, an official from the National Development and Reform Commission said at a press conference on Tuesday.

One of the flagship projects, Xiongan New Area in Hebei Province, is now entering a crucial phase where large-scale construction is advancing alongside the relocation of non-capital functions from Beijing.

Meanwhile, Beijing's urban sub-center in Tongzhou District is flourishing. Over 70 municipal departments and nearly 30,000 staff have relocated, contributing to Tongzhou's evolving image as a vibrant urban hub. New attractions like the Universal Beijing Resort and cultural centers like the Beijing Art Center further enhance the district's appeal and improve the quality of life for its residents.

Economic development across the region has also shown positive signs. Tianjin Binhai New Area has witnessed robust growth. Tianjin Port's container throughput in 2023 exceeded 22 million TEUs, a significant increase of 58 percent compared to 2014.

Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region makes strides in integrated development
Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region makes strides in integrated development
Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region makes strides in integrated development

The three sub-regions are also actively fostering stronger connections. An integrated transportation network is taking shape, with major cities within a 1 to 1.5 hours commute.

Collaboration between businesses in different areas is also strengthening, as evidenced by over 10,000 branches of Zhongguancun companies established in Tianjin and Hebei. This collaboration has facilitated the flow of technology contracts exceeding 280 billion yuan ($38.9 billion) from Beijing to these two regions.

The strategy has also prioritized administrative streamlining. Efforts are underway to break down various barriers hindering cooperation, with Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei implementing the first batch of 165 mutual certifications of qualifications, signifying smoother administrative processes.

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