Deputy Shares Ideas on Tianjin's Development

  • March 18, 2014
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Deputy Shares Ideas on Tianjin's Development
 Sun Chunlan, deputy to the second session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) and Party Secretary of north China's Tianjin Municipality, talked about important issues relevant to Tianjin's future development, including establishing a Tianjin Free Trade Zone (FTZ) and coordinated development between Beijing, Tianjin, and north China's Hebei Province, during the annual NPC session held in Beijing this March. [Xinhua]
Sun Chunlan, deputy to the second session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), talked about important issues, including establishing a Tianjin Free Trade Zone (FTZ), and coordinated development between Beijing, Tianjin, and north China’s Hebei Province, during the sessions of the 12th NPC and the 12th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held in Beijing this March.

On establishing a Tianjin FTZ, Sun, also Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Tianjin Municipal Committee and member of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee, said Tianjin’s application is likely to get the green light from the central government in the first half of this year since more than 30 national ministries or committees have approved Tianjin’s application and were satisfied with the comprehensive preparation work for the establishment of FTZ in Tianjin. Sun said: “On this point, we can see that Tianjin is a priority among China’s cities that will be approved to set up FTZs.”

Regarding coordinated development between Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, which President Xi Jinping emphasized while supervising Beijing Municipality’s work recently, Sun had many insightful ideas.

She pointed out that a solid foundation has been built for coordinated development between Beijing and Tianjin. For example, among all the imports and exports that passed through Tianjin’s ports in 2013, 21.5 percent were exported from or imported to Beijing. In addition, investment from Beijing accounted for 31.1 percent of all investment in Tianjin from the Chinese mainland.

Sun added that the coordinated development between Beijing and Tianjin and between Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei needs hard work. But she emphasized that the central government’s requirement for coordinated development between the three areas provides a rare opportunity for Tianjin’s development to a higher level in the future.

Sun recommended that the central government set up a standing organization responsible for coordination work of the three areas, also helping the three areas’ governments with their problems in the process.

On the role Tianjin will play in promoting coordinated development between the three areas and in creating a new ‘tale of two cities’ between Beijing and Tianjin, Sun said: “Firstly, we should have a good understanding of what President Xi emphasized on this point. The coordinated development between the three areas not only concerns the development of the three areas, but is more of a major national strategy, which is of great significance to the optimizing of China’s regional distribution of development, the forging of a powerful driving force of economic development, and the forming of new economic development modes.

For realizing the major goal, Sun emphasized that Tianjin’s government and people should have an awareness of the overall situation, a strong sense of responsibility and innovative thinking.

Concretely speaking, Tianjin should make efforts in three fields to contribute to the development of the three areas, noted Sun.

The first is updating the concept of Tianjin’s position in development. She noted Tianjin should develop following its strategic positioning as ‘an international port city, economic center in north China and environment-friendly city’ required by the central government. With this positioning, Tianjin should take up its responsibility in shouldering the functions of Beijing not in line with those required of it as capital.

Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei should cooperate with a reasonable division of work, making better use of the comparative advantages of each area.

The second is building a better development environment in Tianjin, with optimized services, greater convenience, and high efficiency for businesses’ investment and development. While trying to develop a more open market, more convenient customs services and high-quality services in all aspects, Tianjin should try to win the approval from the central government for setting up an experimental FTZ in Tianjin. In addition, fairer market, policy and social environments should all be developed to attract business investment and talents from both home and abroad to Tianjin.

The third is the development of a well-functioning urban agglomeration and an ecological environment in Tianjin.

For coordinated development, Tianjin should develop a metropolitan area with differentiated functions and positioning of different areas, and with improved infrastructures and public services.

With regards to improving the quality of the metropolitan area, Sun emphasized developing historic and cultural resources, and protecting and improving the ecological environment.

(Source: sohu.com, bjnews.com.cn and tianjinwe.com/Translated and edited by womenofchina.cn)
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