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  1. Low-cost housing is no answer to mainland's economic prayers

    Posted Feb 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland The optimists who believe the mainland will glide to a cyclical soft landing invariably point to its massive programme of social housing construction to support their argument that Beijing can succeed in maintaining rapid growth while tackling ...

  2. News - China - TRANSPORT

    Growing numbers of urban dwellers switch on to convenience of carpools

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by LAURA ZHOU

    ... reached the same conclusion as a growing number of urban mainlanders: it was time to carpool. More specifically, Shi "vanpools". For 50 yuan (HK$61) a day- half the price of a taxi- Shi ... issued a nationwide call for more spending to improve urban transport. But the expansion of bus and train lines may do little to slow the increase in traffic congestion. Beijing built 13 subways- ...

  3. Beijing makes urban rail sector stimulus moves

    Posted Jun 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... money into urban rail systems, with trillions of yuan in new spending planned. Some 3 trillion yuan (HK$3.7 trillion) will be spent to build 6,100 kilometres of urban railway from 2011 to 2020, says Zhang Guohua, vice-chairman of the Transportation Institute of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design. Recently, 28 mainland cities have received official approval to build rail ...

  4. Urban Drift

    Posted Aug 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Photography exhibition (including Beijing Worker, left) by former BBC journalist Ben McMillan explores urbanisation in China. Opens today, 9am-9pm daily. The Landmark, 15 Queen's Rd Central. Inquiries: 2522 0405 ...

  5. Urban areas see slower growth in fixed investment

    Posted Aug 17th 2006, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... to an official from the National Bureau of Statistics. Urban FAI grew 30.5 per cent year on year in the first seven months of this year, slowing from the 31.3 per cent gain in the first half, the bureau ... Statistics of the National Economy, which is responsible for the compilation of statistical data, said China's urban FAI grew 27.4 per cent year on year last month. The July data represented ...

  6. Border protection emblem unveiled

    Posted Jul 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Beijing will officially launch a national emblem for border control and coastal defence on Wednesday as part of the country's overall effort to strengthen sovereignty claims over the disputed territories. The emb ...

  7. Dreams of most liveable city go down the drain

    Posted Jul 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao Two years ago, Guo Jinlong, who recently stepped down as Beijing mayor following his promotion as the municipality's party chief, basked in praise when he vowed to ensure the capital would become a 'most livable' world-class me ...

  8. Beijing unites in rescue efforts

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Reports of chaos and tragedy abounded in the wake of Beijing's worst rainstorm in more than six decades, but there were also reports of unprecedented kindness and stories of Good Samaritans coming to others' re ...

  9. Mainland violence may be brewing

    Posted Jul 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Recently, a rowdy protest in Sichuan province caused the authorities to back down over their plans to build a billion-dollar chemical plant in the area. The victory of local people is a big victory for people's rights on the mainland. It's rare ...

  10. Retiring boss urges 'party purity' at Beijing meet

    Posted Jun 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the city's gross domestic product per capita to about US$20,000, expand domestic demand, boost the technology and cultural sector, integrate urban and rural economic development, and strengthen ...




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