Shanxi urges national support for economic zone development


Updated: 2022-03-08

National political advisers from North China's Shanxi province submitted a proposal, urging national support for the construction of the Taiyuan-Xinzhou Integrated Economic Zone at the ongoing fifth session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee in Beijing.

The Taiyuan-Xinzhou Integrated Economic Zone is located in the northern part of the urban agglomeration in central Shanxi. It covers 12 counties, county-level cities and districts in the cities of Taiyuan and Xinzhou, with a total area of 16,800 square kilometers and a permanent population of 5.03 million in 2020. 

The advisors suggested that the State place the Taiyuan-Xinzhou Integrated Economic Zone on the list of national pilot zones earmarked for major strategic integrated development.

The CPPCC National Committee members believed that the construction of the Taiyuan-Xinzhou Integrated Economic Zone had great strategic and historical significance for Shanxi to integrate into the development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, help optimize regional coordinated development, and develop itself as a springboard for the province's high-quality growth. 

Work on the construction of the zone is currently understood to be smooth. Moving forwards, Shanxi is also expected to seize the opportunities presented by the construction of the Xiongan-Xinzhou High-speed Railway.

It is seen as building an industrial cluster that undertakes industrial transfers from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. This will have the effect of developing the economic zone into an important corridor, serving the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the Xiongan New Area and becoming an advanced manufacturing cluster in Shanxi.