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Tianjin Eco-city is environmentally friendly

Tianjin province, China: The Eco-Sino-Singapore Eco-city, a major cooperation project between China and Singapore, is the first eco-city jointly established by the two countries.

Members of the media from Laos and abroad visited the city on August 11 and also travelled to two Tianjin enterprises that have played a key role in international cooperation and China's Belt and Road Initiative.

Members of the media from home and abroad watch a video on the Eco-Sino-Singapore eco-city in Tianjin province.

Staff of the Eco-Sino-Singapore Eco-city, MrShiyi Ying, told the Asian journalists on Friday that the city has 60,000 residents.

“People are from different provinces of China are living here, and now the Tianjin Eco-city is educating people about building high-quality property in ways that are environmentally friendly,” he said.

The eco-city has received high praise from Chinese and Singaporean leaders since its construction begun on September 28, 2008.

Over the past nine years, the eco-city has been committed to implementing the framework agreement, becoming a shining example of urban development, eco-construction, environment treatment, industrial development and social programmes, institutions and mechanisms at the domestic and international levels.

The media team visited the service centre of the eco-city, the Gallery of National Animation Industry Park, Think Big Incubator, the No.1 Community Service Centre and Community park, getting a glimpse of advances in an eco-city's landscape engineering, transportation infrastructure, energy facility, industrial development and projects involving people's livelihood.

This May, on the eve of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing, the minister of Singapore's National Development Ministry and the Second Minister for Finance said the eco-city had made remarkable progress in just nine years, building a green and vibrant homeland on land that was previously salinated and polluted.

The year 2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the city's foundation. The project has helped make dreams come true and its sustainable development mode is practical, expandable and easily duplicated.

Since the eco-city got the approval for constructing a spo nge city in April 2016 to mitigate waterlogging caused by rainstorms, it has leveraged on the principle of sponge city and the experience of Singapore's water utilisation to make the city water and drought resistant.

So far, 49 sponge city projects have been launched in a pilot area of 22.8 sq km, nine of which have been finished while the others are in different stages of design and construction.

After the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, the media team visited two Tianjin enterprises actively involved in international cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative.

 

By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
(Latest Update August 16, 2017)


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