China Leverages City Clusters to Drive Coordinated Urban Development

China is promoting coordinated urban development, leveraging city clusters and metropolitan areas to drive high-quality growth, with a focus on the western region's ecological protection, industrial innovation, and openness.

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Aqsa Younas Rana
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China Leverages City Clusters to Drive Coordinated Urban Development

China Leverages City Clusters to Drive Coordinated Urban Development

China is promoting the coordinated development of large, medium, and small cities through the strategic use of city clusters and metropolitan areas. Urban agglomerations are demonstrating strong economic resilience, according to experts, as China seeks to optimize its urban landscape and foster high-quality growth.

President Xi Jinping recently emphasized the need for well-coordinated environmental conservation, greater openness, and high-quality development in China's western region. He called for developing industries that leverage local strengths, adopting a region-specific approach to emerging industries, and accelerating industrial transformation and upgrading.

Xi stressed the importance of strengthening integration between scientific and technological innovation and industrial innovation, pursuing advancements in core technologies in key areas. He also highlighted the need to promote new high-quality manufacturing forces in accordance with local conditions, explore the development of modern manufacturing and strategic emerging industries, and map out plans for developing industries of the future to create new growth engines.

Ensuring high-level ecological protection is a key priority, with measures being taken to promote energy saving and carbon reduction in traditional sectors and the clean and efficient use of coal. China is also focusing on promoting the development of the western region with greater openness, including the construction of the new Western Land-Sea Corridor and the development and openness of the regions along the corridor.

Why this matters: The coordinated development of city clusters and metropolitan areas is vital for China's sustainable urbanization and economic growth. By leveraging the strengths of different regions and promoting industrial innovation, China aims to create a more balanced and resilient urban landscape that can drive high-quality development across the country.

Coordinating development and security is another important aspect, with China enhancing its ability to ensure the security of energy and other resources. The construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle is being vigorously promoted to create a new growth pole in the western region. Additionally, China is promoting new urbanization and comprehensive rural revitalization in a coordinated manner, while protecting and improving people's well-being during the development process.

The symposium on boosting the development of China's western region in the new era, chaired by President Xi Jinping, emphasized the need for "well-coordinated environmental conservation, greater openness, and high-quality development in the region." Premier Li Qiang, Cai Qi, and Ding Xuexiang also attended the symposium, highlighting the importance of region-specific measures, coordinated efforts to address local government debt risks, and accelerating the green and low-carbon transformation of economic growth.

Key Takeaways

  • China promotes coordinated development of city clusters for sustainable urbanization.
  • Xi calls for leveraging local strengths, industrial innovation, and high-quality manufacturing.
  • Ensuring high-level ecological protection and clean energy use are key priorities.
  • Enhancing security of energy and resources, and coordinating development and security.
  • Symposium emphasizes well-coordinated environmental conservation, openness, and high-quality development.