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Beijing bans industry and colleges from city centre

Most manufacturing companies, state owned enterprises, higher education institutions and medical institutions are now banned from setting up business in six districts of Beijing to reduce traffic and improve the environment in the city, according to China News31 Aug 2015

China breaks manufacturing into 532 categories. Of these 416, or 79%, are now banned from Dongcheng, Xicheng, Haidian, Chaoyang, Fengtai and Shijingshan districts in Beijing, China News said, citing a report in the daily Beijing Times.

The six districts suffer from "city disease", including dense populations and heavy traffic, Jiang Lige, vice commissioner of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform said, according to China News. The new regulations will bring healthier, more sustainable development to Beijing, he said. 

State owned enterprises are banned from setting up in the areas, as are higher education (HE) institutions. HE institutions already in the city centre have been advised to move to the suburbs, China News said.

Medical institutions, food service, oil, nuclear, chemistry, data processing and storage, glass plating, golf courses, and car wash and repair industries are all also banned.