China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City will be adopting 10 5G base stations as part of accelerating its 5G network by 2020, according to China Mobile, a giant Chinese telecom company.

The eco-city project is a joint project of these two countries. The base stations, situated in the northern part of China’s Tianjin Municipality, will allow the eco-city to take advantage of the benefits of 5G technology in the transmission of high-definition photos and videos to improve the landscape of the city management, as noted by Zhang Lei, deputy general branch manager of China Mobile in Tianjin’s Binhai New Area.

Huang Yonghao, deputy director of the eco-city’s technology bureau, said the 5G network will be instrumental in the employment of unmanned aerial vehicles that can be widely used in environmental monitoring, geographical mapping, and law enforcement.

Aside from the eco-city, the two existing collaborative initiatives between the two nations involve the Suzhou Industrial Park in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province and an intergovernmental project in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality.

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In a previous report, it was noted that the main objective of the Tianjin Eco-City project was to replicate a sustainable development model in other Chinese cities and beyond, according to Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s national development minister.

When asked his opinion about expanding the eco-city within Tianjin, Wong noted it was inevitable and a ‘natural way to progress,’ when he visited the project site.

He added all the ongoing initiatives mean many projects for both countries. This adds to the existing cooperation that the city-state already has with China and the Tianjin government.

He stressed the Tianjin Eco-City was one of the three joint projects between Singapore and China.

Mr Wong said, initially, we have to work together on the lessons learned from the eco-city and apply what experiences can be replicated and where they can be applied.

Currently, the 30sqkm eco-city is progressing smoothly.

With regard to replicating the developmental experience, the starting point is expanding the eco-city southward to achieve the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, a national-level development zone.

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This consolidated region would create the core of the Tianjin Binhai New Area, a location that is three times the size of Singapore.

Mr Wong noted that learning from the eco-city’s experiences and replicating them would be one of the three future targets for the project when moving forward.

The two other tasks would be the completion of the eco-city project and undertaking smart applications like the energy grid across the city.