BEIJING, March 28 (Xinhuanet) -- The construction of microcenters serves the high-quality development of China’s metropolitan areas, said Gu Qiang, President of Industry Research Institute of China Fortune Land Development (CFLD).
Gu made the remarks when attending a session themed “China’s Regional Development in the Era of Metropolitan Areas” during the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference in Boao, a coastal town in China's southern island province of Hainan.
Metropolitan areas are regions in city clusters which circle around a big city and are within an hour commute.
China aims to build several metropolitan areas with global influence by 2035, according to the guidelines released last month by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s top economic planner.
During the session, Gu pointed out that microcenters are essential components of metropolitan areas.
The development gap between China’s metropolitan areas and international ones does not lie in the core areas, but rather in the microcenters and node cities, he said.
As a result, it is necessary to include the construction and development of node cities and microcenters in the metropolitan spatial planning system to ensure the sustainable development of metropolitan areas, Gu added.
The solution, in his view, is to build microcenters based on transit-oriented development (TOD) as well as service-oriented development (SOD) models and optimize the spatial structure of metropolitan areas.
He held that giving full play to the leading role of the market under the guidance of the government is beneficial for forming a healthy pattern of coordinated development of metropolitan areas.
The BFA annual conference runs from March 26 to 29 this year, with the theme “Shared Future, Concerted Action, Common Development.”
Over 2,000 delegates, including government officials, entrepreneurs and scholars from 60 countries and regions are at the conference.