An Important Power Invigorating Regional Development
Since the initiation of the Reform and Opening-up Policy more than twenty years ago, China has embraced enormous development opportunities.
The fifth plenary session of the 16th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China convened in October 2005. The meeting examined and approved proposals that formulated the 11th Five-Year Plan for National Economy and Social Development. The new Five-Year Plan stipulated that the Tianjin Binhai New Area should be further developed to boost regional economic development.
The decision was made after top leaders drew up plans for new economic development opportunities. The plans marked a new start for the Tianjin Binhai New Area, which has now become part of the national development strategy. Under the strategy, the Binhai New Area is expected to become another asset to regional development, following the rise of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and Shanghai Pudong New Area.
The expansion is a milestone in the history of Tianjin¡¯s development and common aspiration of 12 million local residents. Tianjin people recognize the importance this opportunity affords.
The Tianjin City Committee held a special meeting on proposals aimed at speeding up the development of the Tianjin Binhai New Area. City planners reached broad consensus on the necessity of making concerted efforts to accomplish the development goals of the Binhai New Area. It is also widely believed that the Area¡¯s growth will contribute to the economic development of regions neighboring the Bohai Sea.
Tianjin is a coastal city; local rivers flow into the Bohai Sea. Standing on the estuary of the Haihe River, people can easily see the inspiring sight of the seemingly endless stretch of the river¡¯s fresh blue water.
The Haihe River is the cradle of Tianjin¡¯s culture. Noted for its ¡°openness, tolerance and variety¡±, Tianjin has also played a significant role in the shaping of China¡¯s contemporary history. Many historic events have taken place in the city, making it an important cultural icon across China and, indeed, the world.
Many cities develop in accordance with local geographical features. Similar to the rise of cities located on the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas, Tianjin has grown thanks to its proximity to a major waterway, the Haihe River.
The Binhai New Area is located at the center of the Bohai Bay Rim city belt, in the east of Tianjin. If looking at a map of China, Tianjin looks like a horse holding its head up high. Taking a closer look at the city itself, many have noted that the Binhai New Area is shaped like an eagle. Adding to this, many inspired commentators note the eagle shape creates an image of the city¡¯s promising future, and reveals the coming economic boom of the Bohai Bay Rim area.