Due to the challenges of climate change, creating eco-cities has gradually become the paramount goal of global urban construction. As the primary region of urban construction in the world, China has a significant impact on sustainable development: 80% of prefecture-level cities have a minimum of one eco-city being considered for construction. Various versions of the eco-city model are being developed in China, all of which seek to impose change at a rapid pace and on a vast scale. An underlying bilateral partnership framework has led to the success of several Sino-Foreign eco-city projects. According to research, the three key components for developing a successful Sino-Foreign eco-city are: an inclusive political framework, a comprehensive organizational and financial structure and robust technical solutions.