Daily Management Review

Industrial Firms Of China Are Being Shifted To Hebei To Fight Pollution


08/26/2015


The government to China plans on curbing pollution in the capital Beijing by relocation industrial firms, whereby it will issue standard guidelines of pollution measurement laws which will be applicable throughout the country.



The Chinese government has plan of integration, whereby many of the polluting industries located at the Beijing, the capital of China, will be relocated to the province of Hebei. The latter is a polluted, “smog-hit” neighboring region which will be integrated into China by the end of coming decade. Moreover, Reuters informs:

“China is hoping to break down administrative barriers between Beijing, Hebei and the nearby port city of Tianjin in order to resolve long-standing problems like pollution, widening income gaps and wasteful investment and use of resources”.
 
However, there has been concerns raised about the industrial firms that will be moved out of Beijing can “take advantage of less stringent safety and pollution standards” of being outside the capital. The examples pointed towards the Tianjin Port chemical blast which “killed at least 116 this month”. According to media reports the blast occurred due to a lapse in safety measure and failure to fulfil regulatory requirements.
 
Nevertheless, the government of China has made promises so as to issue standard industrial and environmental regulations throughout the country whereby creating an unified legal ground. Reuters says, it has received information from an official of the “leading group” in charge to carrying out the process of integration that there are distinct aims set ahead to achieve "clear progress" which would including “relocating Beijing's ‘non-capital functions’ to Hebei by 2017.  There were also assurances of arriving at breakthroughs “in creating a regional transport network”. By the end of 2030, the officials plan on forming “unified region” informed an official who addressed to the Xinhua news agency as a government representative.
 
According to the Reuter reports:
“President Xi Jinping revived the integration plans during a tour of smog-hit Beijing early last year as a way of easing Hebei's dependence on polluting heavy industry, which is a major source of air pollution in the region, home to more than 100 million people.”
 
Hebei houses seven of the total ten “smoggiest cities” of China. The region has been on the frontiers of fighting the pollution war, as Premier Li Keqiang declared previous year. Moreover, there are acquisitions on the Chinese province that generated “a quarter of China's steel” of not following safety instructions whereby Beijing had issued measurements on pollution standards and overcapacity concerns. In fact, the province also retaliated by complaining inadequate political and financial support for reconstructing its economic infrastructure.
 
The concluding notes of Reuters go like this:
“Last month, China's graft watchdog announced that Zhou Benshun, Hebei's Communist Party secretary, was being investigated for ‘serious breaches of discipline and the law’, a euphemism for corruption. He was later sacked.

“Beijing itself aims to cap its total population at 23 million by 2020. It has already begun a program aimed at shutting down and relocating industrial firms”.
Source: www.Reuters.com







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