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China's left-behind kids cloud the country's dream

China's left-behind kids cloud the country's dream

China can dream about grandeur and resurgence, but here are some new statistics that will pull her down. In her own backyard, among her vast rural poor in the countryside, many young children have no internet service, extra-curricular books and basic child-support services. Many have to trek for hours every day to attend poorly equipped schools with classes of up to 70 pupils.

Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 4:49am

Managing China's urban spread

Managing China's urban spread

Increasing the size of metropolitan areas anchored by large cities may be the most effective way to develop midsize and small cities in China, as it has been elsewhere.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Spirit of adventure can guide hukou reform

Urbanisation featured prominently in Wen Jiabao's government work report. Photo: AP

In Wen Jiabao's government work report, the theme of urbanisation again featured prominently. China has achieved an urbanisation rate of above 51 per cent. However, as at least 16 per cent (more than 200 million people) of the total population, such as migrant workers, are not registered in their city of abode, they lack full access to key public services including health care and education.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Lunacy of Lunar New Year travel must spur hukou reform

According to initial estimates, some 3.4 billion passenger trips were made during the Lunar New Year, an increase of 8.6 per cent from last year. Photo: Xinhua

The Lunar New Year travel crunch this year was worse than ever. It's deeply worrying because it underlines the distortions in China's urbanisation.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46am

Henan bridge collapse victims to get disparate compensation

The Henan Provincial Transportation Department said the bridge had met standards and passed biennial and monthly inspections. Photo: Xinhua

Families with urban residency registrations will receive 400,000 yuan (HK$490,000), and those with rural permits would get 180,000 yuan, according to provincial "standards".

5 Feb 2013 - 9:03am

China's household registration system a 'tool for corrupt officials'

School for migrant children starts school term early as forced closure looms. Migrant workers in cities are generally poorly educated mainly due to a hereditary household registration. Photo: EPA

An ancient Chinese aphorism says a wily hare has three burrows. Gong Aiai , a former bank executive in Shaanxi's Shenmu county, went one better, using four identities to build up a Beijing property portfolio worth more than one billion yuan (HK$1.24 billion).

27 Jan 2013 - 1:55am

China's hukou system stands in the way of its dream of prosperity

China's hukou system stands in the way of its dream of prosperity

Dreams are in vogue in mainland China. During a widely publicised tour of Shenzhen, the new head of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping , called for the realisation of the "Chinese dream" - a great national revival. Right after that, the Chinese character meng (dream) was voted "character of the year" in an online poll of 50,000 people.

19 Jan 2013 - 2:09am

Easing of college exam barriers fails to satisfy migrant parents

Inequality hampers migrant children's schooling.

Migrant parents expressed disappointment yesterday after three of the largest magnets of migrant labour - Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong - announced only a modest relaxation of residency restrictions for college entrance exams.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am 1 comment

Residency drags urban drive

A woman sips tea in Tianzifang, Shanghai. Up to 200 million city dwellers have no residency status. Photo: Corbis

Urbanisation is a key driver for the mainland's economic growth, as people from the rural areas, especially farmers, move to the cities to find better jobs with higher pay. At a Politburo meeting in December, China's incoming leaders unveiled a plan to promote urbanisation.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Two steps that would prove Beijing is serious about reform

Rural migrants earn less and have less job security. Photo: Xinhua

At their first Politburo meeting earlier this month, China's incoming leaders pledged to boost domestic consumer demand, promote urbanisation and enhance social welfare provision.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am 2 comments

China heading for economic downturn, many warn

Shanghai's financial district of Pudong is a product of the mainland's economic growth. Photo: AFP

The mainland's double-digit economic growth of the past few decades may never be repeated, say an increasing number of economists at home and abroad.

Unless Beijing carries out new economic reforms in key areas, they believe the next pattern of growth will not be so stellar, as the nation begins to lose its traditional advantages of cheap manpower, land and natural resources.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:14pm

Chinese cities shut out migrants at their own cost

Migrant workers watching a video on a laptop under a self-built shelter shared with several hundred others in Hefei, central China's Anhui province. Photo: AFP

In the traditional values of an agricultural community, the home and land are the centre of one's being. Leaving one's homeland means forsaking one's roots; the call for a migrant to return to the homeland is described as "falling leaves return to their roots".

5 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

Third of China's city-dwellers are still second class citizens

It made headlines around the world at the beginning of this year when government statisticians announced that more than half of China's 1.35 billion people now live in the cities.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hukou reform plan enters final stage

Plans are afoot to introduce a nationwide residence permit system to pave the way for better access to social services for migrant workers, who were long disadvantaged under an outdated household registration scheme known as hukou.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Migrants' children learn of education inequality

Zhang Shufu, a migrant worker from Gushi county, Henan, considers himself lucky that he did not have to send his children back to his hometown after their school in Beijing closed in 2010.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am