On 19 September 2019, the Outline for Building China’s Strength in Transport was released. The document was approved by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council and describes the future vision and roadmap of China’s transport sector with a clear message: China wants to become a global transport superpower by 2050.
The Outline for Building China’s Strength in Transport is a long-term, top-level and systematic guidance plan. It lays the foundation for China’s ambition to transform a speed- and scale-centred and comparatively isolated transport development into one that integrates innovation, quality and efficiency.
Based on the 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development of the People’s Republic of China and other relevant policies, the recently released Outline for Building China’s Strength in Transport establishes long-term guidelines for implementing development of a globally leading and quality-oriented future transport sector. The goal is to build a comprehensive modern transport system in the following two phases:
Phase 1 – 2020 to 2035: Building an advanced and competitive transport system
By 2035, China is to be established as a ‘major transport country’. By then, the transport system will fully meet existing demand and serve the country’s overall modernisation.
Phase 2 – 2036 to 2050: Building an internationally highly competitive transport system
By 2050, a leading and internationally highly competitive transport system is to be developed. China’s transport system will meet the highest global standards not only in scale, but as regards the quality of technical equipment, technological innovation capability and the related professional workforce, intelligent and smart transport capabilities, environmental conditions and traffic safety and governance capacity, among others.
As a general guideline for China’s transport sector, the policy guides long-term top-level strategic and coordinated development. It also forms the basis for the country’s medium-term transport strategies, the coming Five-Year Plans and further specific implementation plans at national and sub-national level.
If you would like to know more about the policy, you can find more information here or contact Mr Sebastian Ibold, Project Director, Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) or Mrs Jingzhu Li, Project Director, Improvement of the Safety of Dangerous Goods Transport (STA Dangerous Goods).