China's new era of ecological civilization

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Science  24 Nov 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6366, pp. 1008-1009
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3760

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  • RE: China’s Xiongan: Symbiotic City of the Future
    • Zhiwen Hu, Professor, Institute of Intelligent Media Technology, Communication University of Zhejiang, Hangzhou 310018, China
    • Other Contributors:
      • Yiping Cui, Dr., School of Foreign Languages, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 311121, China
      • Yong Wei, Researcher, China Xiongan Group Digital City Technology Co., Ltd., Xiongan New Area 222000, China

    On December 25, 2018, following the official announcement of Xiongan New Area on April 1, 2017, China’s State Council released its 2018-2035 master plan (1). On April 14, 2018, the State Council unveiled its outline plan and kicked off the initiative of the symbiotic city of the future. Driven by the momentum of relocating non-capital functions, Xiongan is being orchestrated into the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the Bohai Economic Rim, and percolating into the ecological civilization of China with calculated pace (Science 358, 1008).
    President Xi Jinping, the chief architect, termed the new area as a “millennium plan”, a relay effort of Deng Xiaoping’s blueprints of Shenzhen and Pudong. His Anxin landmark speech on February 23, 2017 anchored the fledgling county of “national significance” to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the country’s reform and opening-up. Xu Kuangdi, the key implementer of Pudong, accompanied Xi’s seminal visit and is the principal investigator of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. “Xiongan is a move to adjust China’s economic and spatial structure,” Xu said (2).
    The historic project has aroused sustained attention, including misgivings. Winston Mok, independent public policy commentator, doubted Chinese government could replicate another economic miracle on the “virgin land” (3). Surpassing the discussion of national will and digital twin model, Xiongan symbiotic model formulates governmental delayering, Hukou system recall (4), regio...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.