China Plans to Develop High-Tech Industry in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region
Beijing vows to focus more on its role as the country's center of politics and culture and speed up integration with neighboring Tianjin and Hebei. [Photo: sobanks.com]
As the Chinese capital is vowing to focus more on its role as the country's center of politics and culture and speeding up integration with neighboring Tianjin and Hebei, many local firms are trying to seek new opportunities outside the city.
Many Beijing-based hi-tech companies specializing in energy efficiency and environmental protection have set up their manufacturing plants in Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province. They are said to be eyeing sufficient bio-fuels and low-cost transportation at the new locations.
Yang Aoshuang, director of Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission.
"The development demand of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region is the greatest innovative impetus for Beijing in terms of regional coordinated innovation."
The regional coordinated innovation system uses Beijing as the "brain" to look for resources and markets and seek cooperation partners in Tianjin and Hebei to feed back the market demand to the so-called "brain".
Zhang Boxu, director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology, says it is important to bring innovative resources in the region into full play.
"The region should make full use of Beijing's scientific and technical advantages which can bring the overall transformation and upgrading of enterprises in the region."
Meanwhile, the regions that will accommodate the industries moved out of Beijing, are expecting more job opportunities to be created.
Shang Liguang, party chief of Cangzhou in Hebei, admits this can meet his city's interest.
"I think the factory construction project IV for Beijing Hyundai could bring thousands of jobs. As the factory itself has more than 2,000 jobs plus its upstream and downstream enterprises. Now more than 100 enterprises are in negotiations."
The relocation of industries that are not related to "capital functions" is part of Beijing's new development strategy.
The strategy mainly aims to address the city's "urban diseases" like traffic congestion and air pollution.
It also includes a cap on its population growth and the construction of a "subsidiary administrative center" in southeastern Tongzhou district that is set to take shape by 2017.