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Opinion: China’s Sprawling Xiongan: Easier Said Than Done

The Xiongan New Area’s completed public service center project, the zone’s first major construction project, is seen on March 19. Photo: VCG
The Xiongan New Area’s completed public service center project, the zone’s first major construction project, is seen on March 19. Photo: VCG

China last week approved the master plan for the upcoming Xiongan New Area, which lays out a blueprint for a pleasant, modern and green urban environment.

As I studied the official documents, a few points caught my attention.

The first point is the focus on the organized implementation of the master plan.

The State Council’s remarks on the master plan call for “strengthened organized implementation of the plan,” and described the Xiongan New Area as the “inheritance we will leave for future generations.” It said that the plan must be “strictly implemented,” and that “no department or person must amend or modify it illegally.”

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