President Xi pays a second visit to Xiong’an New Area and stresses the rule of law
President Xi Jinping on Wednesday inspected the Xiong’an New Area, a zone established in April 2017 to encourage the development of northern China, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
It was the second visit since February 2017 since the Chinese government’s approval of a comprehensive blueprint for the new zone, with construction plans going out as far as 2035.
The central government has said it will build Xiong’an as a new place to catalyze the development of major North China cities Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, and it will also ease some of Beijing’s metropolitan burdens.
Without the geographical advantages of Shenzhen or economic base of Shanghai Pudong, Xiong’an New Area has been claimed by the CCP to be one of the most ambitious plans in a thousand years. Most people in the country view President Xi’s ambition as “loud thunder but little drops of rain” while denouncing his dream as ridiculous.
Before the visit to Xiong’an, President Xi had made a speech to the central conference on political and legal work held in Beijing Tuesday and Wednesday, stressing the importance of rule of law.
Describing mafia-like gangs as “the cancer of society”, Xi vowed to maintain high-handed pressure and continue to crack down on such crimes to achieve a three-year term target. More and more people in the country has labeled the CCP as the biggest mafia-like gang, and surely “the cancer of society” that needs to be eliminated.
Whatever the results, Xi demanded more efforts to enhance law enforcement in key areas that matter to the immediate interests of the public so that they can be provided with cleaner air and water, safer food and faster traffic in a more harmonious society.
Beijing builds cybersecurity industrial park in Tongzhou which houses the new government headquarters
The mayor of Beijing Cai Qi has said yesterday that the city will speed up sub-center construction in the eastern suburb of Tongzhou District with the addition of more offices and public facilities.
Last Friday, the capital city moved some key municipal organs to the suburban district as the latest move to cure urban syndromes such as population growth, traffic congestion, resource shortages, and housing inflation.
Tongzhou in the east of the capital has taken 35 municipal government departments since the end of 2017. As the government departments relocate, up to 500,000 people are estimated to move and live there.
To boost the local high-tech focused economy, Beijing government announced yesterday it is building a national-level cybersecurity industrial park in Tongzhou District.
Over 10 companies specialized in internet security have signed a contract to move into the park, which has two branches respectively in Haidian district and Tongzhou district, according to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology.
Construction on the park started at the end of 2017. By 2020, the industrial output is expected to reach 100 billion yuan.
Hainan Island set to be built into China’s Hawaii with casinos and amusement parks
A plan to transform “China’s Hawaii” into a digital economic leader and tourism paradise has been released recently by the Hainan provincial government.
Last week, Chinese corporate leaders and scholars joined the Business Leaders’ Advisory Council of Hainan. They include Jack Ma, and Pony Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent, Ning Gaoning, chairman of Sinochem, Zhou Qiren, economist at Peking University and Liang Jianzhang, chairman of Ctrip.
Jack Ma, on his appointment to the Advisory Council, said Hainan must aim to “overtake Hong Kong” by becoming a major player in digital age international trade.
“I believe that the most important value of the Hainan free trade port lies here; it is not about building a port, but rather it is about how Hainan can actively participate in the formulation and setting of new rules of global trade,” Jack Ma commented.
The southern province of Hainan will start building a scenic highway around the island in the first half of 2019 to boost tourism, according to the provincial transport department.
Linking 12 cities and counties in Hainan, the main line of the highway will stretch 1,040 kilometers and will be built with consideration for plants and cultural landscapes protection. The highway will provide tourists with ocean views on about one-fifth of the dual-lane highway, along which a total of 46 tourism stations to be built, according to the construction plan.
Although not listed in this official documents to boost tourism, the government has under-table plans to legalize gambling and prostitution in the island, according to local sources.
China anti-corruption watchdog continues to catch “big tigers”
The arrest of another big tiger Zhao Zhengyong has been viewed as another big step taken by the CCP to win public support as it has claimed that the anti-corruption effort is “always on the road”.
As the CCP is facing a critical time this year whether to reform itself or lose its power as the whole nation has come to realize that corruption has entered its bones and marrow. To fix the corruption problem, the CCP has expressed its courage as “a warrior cutting of his arm”.
Zhao Zhengyong, who served as governor and then provincial party head of the resource-rich province until March 2016, is accused of serious violations in law and discipline, according to the anti-corruption Watchdog CCDI-Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Until his detention, Zhao was deputy chairman of the Internal and Judicial Affairs Committee under China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress.
China’s state broadcaster CCTV aired a documentary on corruption in Shaanxi, with many current and former officials repenting and reflecting on their ignorance of failing to act on six sets of instructions from Xi, the first in 2014 to act on hundreds of illegal luxury villas built in the province’s Qingling National Reserve.
Wang Qishan, who used to head the CCDI and is himself the most corrupt official, has been at the forefront of President Xi Jinping’s fight against deep-seated corruption. Speculation has swirled about whether he will stay on at the next party Congress or be eliminated in a new round of anti-corruption campaign.
By Cloudy Seagail