Beijing ambitious to become "world city": mayor

13:15, January 25, 2010      

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Beijing is no longer content to be only an international city, and intends to become a "world city," Mayor Guo Jinlong said Monday.

Guo gave no agenda for the objective when he announced the plan on the opening day of the third session of the 13th Beijing Municipal People's Congress.

Huang Yan, director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, told Xinhua Monday that the government hoped to achieve the transformation of Beijing into a "world city" by 2050.

The international community generally regarded a world city as having a per-capita gross domestic product (GDP) exceeding 15,000 U.S. dollars a year, while Beijing had just surpassed the 10,000-U.S. dollar mark in 2009, said Huang.

Huang said a world city usually had a global influence in terms of politics, economy and culture. It was usually favored by influential international organizations to base their headquarters.

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