The cooperation zone is situated in the overlapping position of national strategies such as the coordinated development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, the planning and construction of Xiong’ an New Area, and the cooperative development around the Bohai Sea. It is the first one especially oriented to cooperation with CEEC, which construction has been written both into the Sofia Guidelines and Dubrovnik Guidelines for Cooperation between China and CEEC. It has become a bridgehead for Hebei's deep integration into the “One Belt, One Road” international initiative and the “17+1” cooperation between CEE.
The cooperation zone is located in the central area of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integration and the Bohai Rim Economic Circle. In the region, there are three highways including Shihuang, Jinshan, and Yanhai, two national highways including 205 and 307, and three railways including Shuohuang, Huangwan, and Canggang. The first phase of Zhongjie General Airport has been officially put into operation, and the second phase is under construction. Shihengcanggang high-speed rail line has started construction. The Bohai Rim high-speed rail line and Beijing-Shanghai second rail line have been determined to pass through the zone. The cooperation zone has become one of the most developed area in the integrated transportation system in northern China.
Huanghua Comprehensive Port, which is the north starting point of the "21st Century Maritime Silk Road" and adjacent to the Cooperation Zone, has built 200,000 tons of waterways and 35 berths above 10,000 tons, with a throughput of about 288 million tons in 2019. Huanghua Port has been written into the "Xiongan New Area Planning Outline" as its seaport. The "Huangxinou" international logistics train from Huanghua Port to Duisburg has been opened, realizing two-way connectivity with the CEEC by sea and land.
The Cooperation Zone has a large land stock, the unused land is 70 square kilometers, the development space is relatively abundant, and all of them are state-owned land. The cost of land transfer and use is low. The transfer standard of industrial land can reach "seven connections and one leveling".
The main industries in cooperation zone include general aviation, automobiles and parts, energy saving & environmental protection, intelligent manufacturing, deep processing of agricultural products, Caravan, medical equipment, etc. At present, more than 40 sino-foreign cooperation projects have landed, including Czech Shark Aircraft, Slovak Nitra Winery and Korean Xingyu Auto Parts.
【Foreign Cooperation Advantage】
Relying on the rich foreign affairs resources, the cooperation zone has long-term friendly exchanges with CEEC such as Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and other countries in politics economy, trade, culture and education, and keeps friendly cooperation relations with more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa, America, Europe and other regions. It is one of the earliest open windows in China and has become the most important platform for opening up in Hebei Province. Since 2013, the cooperation zone has successfully held five consecutive Foreign Cooperation Promotion Conference and Diplomat Annual Meeting, which creating a foreign affairs activity brand in Hebei Province, attracting envoys from more than 40 different countries, regions and international organizations, and more than 3000 representatives of well-known enterprises, associations, universities to attend. The relevant leaders of the International Department, Central Committee of CPC, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Agriculture and Hebei Province attended the meeting. And in the fields of general aviation, high-end equipment manufacturing, modern agriculture, and cooperation in running schools, cooperation projects with a total investment of over 50 billion yuan has been signed. In 2018 and 2019, two consecutive China-CEEEC SME Cooperation Forums were successfully held, which invited Slovak Deputy Prime Ministers, foreign dignitaries and diplomatic envoys from 15 CEEC including Slovakia, Serbia, etc., leaders of national ministries and commissions, Hebei Governor, Vice Governor Xia Yanjun, leaders of relevant departments directly under the provincial government and representatives of various districts and cities, well-known foreign entrepreneurs and representatives of industry associations in a total of 1,000 people to attend. In forums, 54 cooperative projects with a total investment of 16.092 billion yuan were successfully signed, which were reported by CCTV and achieved fruitful results.