Push for Xiongan new area

Beijing: The central government and local authorities will accelerate planning for the Xiongan New Area, the country’s top economic planner said.

In addition, those governments will provide policy and financial support for key projects and budgeting, said He Lifeng, Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission.

A master blueprint of the new area, overall and detailed blueprints of the initial area and a plan on ecological conservation of the Baiyangdian region are among the first plans to be mapped out, He told Xinhua.

The commission will guide the Hebei provincial government and authorities as they draft these plans to ensure they meet the high standards of quality needed for the project, He said.

“Apart from having world-class urban planning, the architecture will also showcase Chinese cultural characteristics,” He added.

“We’ll also give support to major transportation, ecology, water conservation, energy and public service projects in the new area,” the minister said.

The central leadership announced on Saturday a historic decision to establish the Xiongan New Area in Hebei province as part of measures to advance the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

The new area, similar to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Shanghai Pudong New Area, is of national significance and “crucial for the millennium to come”, according to an official circular.

The area includes Xiongxian, Rongcheng and Anxin counties and their surrounding areas. It will eventually expand from the initial 100 to 2,000 sq km. — China Daily/Asia News Network

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