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Data from space hints at economic growth in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region

Source: People’s Daily Online


The satellite night light index, which measu  res light intensity and provides an indication of electricity usage, issued by China’s State Information Center, rose by 15.4 percent in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region between 2013 and 2018.

To be more specific, compared with 2013, the index in all three locations increased by 15.4 percent, 7.5 percent and 18.3 percent respectively in 2018.

According to big data analysis from the State Information Center, the index in the region of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province showcases robust economic growth and coordinated development in all three areas.

Over the past five years, China has moved non-capital functions out of Beijing. A total of 2,648 general manufacturing companies have been moved out of Beijing, and 581 markets and 106 logistics centers have also been relocated. Nearly 7,500 companies in the Zhongguancun Science and Technology Park have established branches in Tianjin and Hebei Province.

The region's economic structure has been optimizing over recent years. The service sector in Beijing accounted for 81 percent of its GDP in 2018. Value added by the high-tech manufacturing industry and emerging strategic industry in Tianjin increased by 4.4 and 3.1 percent respectively in the same year.

Heibei Province has reduced the production capacity of steel, iron, cement, and glass by 82.2 million tons, 75.3 million tons, 73.7 million tons and 79.8 million weight boxes, respectively, since 2014.

The State Information Center also noted that compared with 2013, patches of light in the three locations saw a growth of 13.18, 18.30 and 34.57 percent in 2018.