The Xiong’an New Area
The Xiong’an New Area is a national-level development zone established on April 1, 2017, with the approval of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. The New Area includes Xiongxian County, Rongcheng County and Anxin County in Hebei Province, and some areas adjacent to the three counties. Of historic and strategic significance, this major decision was made by the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core. It puts Xiong’an alongside Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and Shanghai Pudong New Area as the third new district with nationwide influence. It is a project to relocate all functions non-essential to Beijing’s role as the nation’s capital to neighboring areas and drive coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. It is an important event for the nation and a grand plan for the long-term development of the country.
Establishing the Xiong’an New Area is a move of immediate and far-reaching significance as it will help relocate non-essential functions from Beijing, the nation’s capital, to neighboring locations, and explore a new model of optimized and coordinated development in a region with a dense population. It will help adjust the economic structure and rationalize space utilization to create a new engine for innovation-driven development.