In April 2016, China’s State Council released Chengdu-Chongqing City Cluster Development Plan, in which the local governments within the cluster were urged to enhance cooperation with Northern Porwerhouse in recognition that the joint study by UK and China urbanisation experts has provided ‘insightful ideas’ to the drafting of the cluster plan. The study focused on the synergies between the UK and China in city cluster development using the UK’s NPH and China’s Chengdu-Chongqing City Cluster as case studies. It was funded by UK Strategic Prosperity Fund (SPF) and received strong support from UK DCLG and China’s NDRC. This project has resulted in great policy impact in China for the development of a cluster area similar to the size of England and Scotland combined with a population of 90 million. With the Chinese top-level endorsement for Chengdu-Chongqing City Cluster to work with the Northern Powerhouse, the two countries are now working together to develop a mechanism aiming to provide coordinated approach to match interests between pan-UK and pan-China city clusters.
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