Approximately 1,000 manufacturing firms in Beijing will close by 2020.

By Paul A. Davies and R. Andrew Westgate

China’s anti-pollution efforts have intensified in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, which is known for its problems with smog. In fact, Premier Li Keqiang has identified Beijing and Hebei as key areas in the “war against pollution.”

The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region has been a priority area for the Chinese government for several years. In 2014, the government launched plans to improve coordination throughout the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region to streamline production capacity and reduce pollution.

Beijing has already shut down nearly 2,500 “ordinary” manufacturers and denied nearly 20,000 manufacturing firms’ registration applications. Most recently, the Beijing municipal government has announced that as part of its efforts to reduce air pollution, approximately 1,000 manufacturing firms in Beijing will shut down by 2020.