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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's urbanisation challenge

    Posted Sep 20th 2012, 12:00am by Hu Shuli

    ... migrants build a real home in the city This year marks a watershed in Chinese urbanisation: for the first time in China's history, over half of its people now live in the city. With an average ... Economic Forum in Tianjin, China's urbanisation is falling short of what it should be. The country has gained some experience but learned some lessons too, he said. We couldn't agree ...

  2. Lack of water a major threat to development

    Posted Mar 30th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... to achieve its goal of making China an urbanised society during the next five-year plan. 'During the 12th five-year period, China will become an urbanised society, as the country's urbanisation level will reach and exceed 50 per cent,' the ministry said. Drafting of China's Five-Year Programme for National Economic and Social Development usually begins more than two ...

  3. Growing cities will challenge China: report

    Posted Oct 17th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'China's urbanisation will have profound impacts on the economy,' the report said. Food production will rise as fewer people work in agriculture, it said. Loans for people living in rural ... said. 'A key question is whether such productivity gains in China's agriculture can keep pace with the increases in food demand associated with greater urbanisation,' it said. ...

  4. Cash drain may stifle plans for cheaper housing

    Posted Sep 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... not have the resources to develop public infrastructure. And as a result, China's urbanisation as a whole would suffer a slowdown. That would, in turn, delay migrant workers gaining the rights ... Ed Zhang in Dalian ed.zhang@scmp.com China's ambitious plans for providing government-subsidised housing- including building 36 million homes between this year and 2015- may be too ...

  5. Hukou reform vital to nation's growth

    Posted Jan 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... they get older. Development plans will go awry if this happens. China wants and needs urbanisation; migrants boost consumption through renting flats, eating in restaurants and shopping in markets. ... The mainland expects to attain the milestone of having more than half of its population living in cities this year. With urbanisation acknowledged as a crucial driver of economic growth, ...

  6. Sensitive areas may be no-growth zones

    Posted Jan 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to live and work in urban areas. 'That would be a challenge to any government on Earth,' said Wei Jinsheng, an urbanisation analyst at the China Population and Development Research ... Stephen Chen Population study calls for end to urbanisation in environmentally important regions Urbanisation will be halted in Tibet, Guizhou, Ningxia and Qinghai, where population ...

  7. How China cares for the elderly will shape its future

    Posted Mar 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cesar Chelala Parallel to its economic development, China is facing the challenge of a rapidly ageing population. At a time of rapid urbanisation, this trend has weakened traditional family support networks. New policies are necessary. China's one-child policy has resulted in fewer children and better living standards, but the proportion of elderly has grown ...

  8. Art for workers creates a new heritage

    Posted Mar 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... With China's industrialisation and urbanisation, farmers will inevitably change into urban residents. But this is a long process. I personally think 'farmer worker' (the commonly used Chinese ... colleges this year. We hope one day we will become the base for the communication of China's new workers' culture. It is my life's work to foster this culture, because without ...

  9. Downside of exodus from rural areas

    Posted Mar 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... half the total population- many farmers have flocked to towns and cities in search of better pay and lives. Calling it a 'historic change in China's social structure', Deputy Agriculture Minister Zhang Taolin says increasing urbanisation has resulted in a number of problems in rural areas, including a shortage of fit, young people to work the land. The exodus ...

  10. Migrant workers who don't want to leave

    Posted May 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... willing to go back home. Those born since 1990 now comprise 40 million of the mainland's 145 million migrant workers, and they're becoming a powerful force in China's accelerating urbanisation. Yuan Chongfa, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission's urban research centre, who has conducted many field studies in rural China, said unlike the first ...




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