Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality
2024-02-04  |  
I. Review of Work During 2023

In 2023, we accomplished the following tasks.

First, leveraging Beijing's strategic status as the capital of China, we achieved more substantive progress in the coordinated development of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region.

We reinforced Beijing's role as the national capital, upholding the principle that the authority of capital planning lies with the Party Central Leadership. We refined our work mechanism for the Capital Planning and Development Commission and accelerated the development of the capital's planning system. We rectified problems in planning and natural resources, and ensured the strict enforcement of the plans. We launched the new three-year action plan of the Development Control Plan for the Core Zone Serving Capital Functions and improved the urban environment in key areas to support the functions of the central authorities.

We strengthened Beijing's role as the national center for international exchanges. The Beijing Yanqi Lake International Conference Resort was upgraded and expanded. Construction of the Fourth Embassy Area and other planned projects progressed in an orderly manner. The number of international organizations opting to establish and register their offices in Beijing increased to 115. The work mechanism for providing services for major state events was improved, as exemplified by our provision of quality services during the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

We continued the special program of upgrading urban management. We demolished 23.15 million square meters of illegal structures and vacated 2,282 hectares of land. We launched a dedicated program and a five-year work plan aimed at enhancing the second greenbelt area by minimizing the amount of land used for construction purposes. Land used for urban and rural construction dropped by around eight square kilometers. Improvements were made to the environment of 183 spaces under overpasses and more than 10,000 street furniture items. We removed 900 kilometers of road guardrails and lane dividers of all kinds and carried out precision environmental improvement for 1,730 backstreets and alleys. A total of 183 run-down residential compounds were upgraded. The renovation of old and dilapidated buildings and clearance of sub-standard housing on a total scale of 204,000 square meters were completed.

We vigorously pursued high-quality development of the Beijing Municipal Administrative Center (BMC). Construction of Phase II of the BMC administrative office area was completed, and the second group of municipal-level government bodies started to move in. The Beijing Performing Arts Centre, the Beijing Library, and the Grand Canal Museum of Beijing entered service. The planning of the East Sixth Ring Road High Line Park was well underway. A national certified emissions reduction trading center obtained approval for launch in Beijing. New progress was made in the integrated development of Tongzhou District and its three neighboring counties in Hebei Province.

We stepped up efforts to pursue coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. We established a collaborative working mechanism among our three authorities and drafted a three-year action plan for deeper integration of the region. The Beijing-Xiong'an Expressway was open to traffic, and the intercity railway linking Tianjin with Beijing Daxing International Airport was put into service. In the Xiong'an New Area, a sub-park of Zhongguancun Science Park was opened, and the contractual value of technology transfers from Beijing to Tianjin and Hebei reached 74.87 billion yuan, representing a growth of 110%. We provided support for the opening and operation of the "Three Schools and One Hospital" turn-key projects (which refer to infrastructure projects financed and built by Beijing in Xiong'an New Area, including a kindergarten, a primary school, a secondary school and a general hospital. Upon completion, the facilities will be transferred to the jurisdiction of Xiong'an New Area, and managed by Beijing's top-tier education and medical groups as commissioned by the Xiong'an authorities) in the Xiong'an New Area, and witnessed increased integration and sharing of public services across the three locations.