National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released the Guidelines on Implementing Regional Development Strategy and Promoting Regional Coordinative Development, with an aim to strike a balance among east, middle, west and northeast regions in China, giving priority to economic development layout, thus strengthening regional coordinative and common development.
The Guidelines put forward four major tasks. First, the government will take forward the overall strategy of regional development, with emphasis on carrying out “One Belt, One Road” initiative, bringing out synergy among Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei and facilitating Yangtze River economic belt. Efforts have to be made to eradicate poverty, help special regions flourish, speed up the construction of city groups, expand blue economy zone, and build up ecological safety barriers. Second, the government will improve innovative regional policies and reinforce top-level designs to make the policies more targeted, for the sake of giving full play to its guiding role. Third, the government will boost regional cooperation and interaction with orderly transfer of sectors, more aid and assistance, deeper cooperation amongst mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and active participation in international regional cooperation. Fourth, the government should advance regional coordinating development mechanism with sound interest balancing system for different regions, endorsement of innovative demonstration and application of the rule of law in regional governance.