Authorities in northern China’s Hebei Province will take measures to prevent and control soil erosion in Xiongan New Area. Hebei will strengthen efforts to control soil erosion in the mountain areas and sloping farmlands of Xiongan, as well as improve the ecological environment rehabilitation of small river basins in the new area…Full Article: Xinhua Oct 2017

Key Point

  • In April 2017, the Chinese government established Hebei Province’s Xiongan New Area to spur development around Beijing and its hinterland. Hebei Province was slated to mitigate soil erosion on ~11,000 sq. km of land by 2020 and on ~32,500 sq. km by 2030.

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  • Hebei province envelopes both the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin. Beijing and Tianjin are “Tier 1” markets within China, with Tianjin operating a major trading port in Bohai Bay. In 2013, Hebei was China’s largest pear producer and second largest grape producer.
  • From January to September 2017, the CDB has issued CNY 15 billion [~USD 2.25 billion] worth of green bonds in China’s inter-bank bond market for air pollution control and development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
  • In December 2016, Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei established a high-tech agricultural lab.
  • In November 2016, the Xianda (Tianjin) Seawater Resources Development Company announced it would construct a desalination facility. The desalination project is part of the Nangang Industrial Zone (launched in 2014) in Tianjin. The industrial zone itself is part of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei collaborative development strategy. In addition to water, the desalination plant with also produce salts and chemicals.
  • In April 2015, Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei signed the “Agricultural Cooperative Development Framework Agreement”. The agreement to improve and develop the agricultural sector within the three regions. In addition, they agree to work together on formulating an international export and marketing strategy.
  • In December 2014, 21 aquaculture (sea cucumber) farmers from the Leting County, Hebei Province sued ConocoPhillips China and the China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) over a 2011 oil spill. The farmers noted that they suffered CNY 140 million (~USD 22.6 million) in sea cucumber losses.
  • In June 2011, the Penglai 19-3 oilfield, jointly owned by CNOOC (51%) and the Chinese subsidiary of US oil giant ConocoPhillips 49%), began leaking oil. A total of 870 sq. km of seawater (Bohai Bay) was severely polluted, while the total scope of the spill reached 6,200 sq. km.

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