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Strategy for Coordinated Regional Development

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Updated:2019-04-16 |

Strategy for Coordinated Regional Development

A coordinated regional development strategy is an important component of China’s economic and social development strategy. Since the beginning of the 21st century, an overall strategy has gradually taken shape, focusing on the development of the western region, the revitalization of the northeast, the takeoff of the central region, and the leading role of the eastern region. Such a strategy was highlighted in the report to the 19th CPC National Congress as one of the seven strategies for realizing the goal of building a moderately prosperous society.

The main tasks to implement this strategy include:

• expanding support for old revolutionary base areas, areas with large ethnic minority populations, border regions, and economically disadvantaged areas;

• stepping up large-scale development efforts in the western region;

• pursuing reform at a deeper level to accelerate the revitalization of old industrial bases in the northeast and other parts of the country;

• boosting the rise of the central region by tapping into local strengths;

• supporting the pioneering role of the eastern region in innovation-driven development; and

• creating new, effective mechanisms to facilitate inter-regional coordination.

A network of city clusters has been envisaged, in order to enable better coordination among cities of different sizes and small towns in responding to their development needs. Plans are being implemented to speed up the process of granting permanent urban residency to rural migrant workers. All functions nonessential to its role as the nation’s capital will be relocated from Beijing to neighboring locations as part of the effort to drive coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The Xiong’an New Area in the vicinity of Beijing is being developed to high standards laid out in forward-looking plans. Also underway are eco-friendly initiatives for the Yangtze Economic Belt, which promote coordination in environmental conservation and are against excessive development. Support will be given to resource-dependent areas to help transform their local economies. Development in border regions will be accelerated, and stability and security there must be protected. An integrated approach to land and marine management is vital to the efforts to build China into a strong maritime country.

The strategy for coordinated regional development was launched at a critical juncture for the realization of the Two Centennial Goals. It is of strategic importance to strengthening China’s subnational development coordination, expanding regional development opportunities, building a modern economic system, and realizing the Two Centennial Goals.