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, that neatly fits the central government's plans.Wednesday, 18 January, 2012, 12:00am
China's phenomenal growth is an excellent example of globalisation in action. Since Deng Xiaoping 's 'economic reforms and opening up' in the late 1970s, it has grown faster than anyone could have imagined. Cheap labour and lax environmental, health and safety laws have all played their part in sucking finance and business from developed countries.29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
The creep of urbanisation is continuing, with just 56 per cent of the mainland's population living in rural areas by the end of last year, according to National Bureau of Statistics director Xie Fuzhan .
Xinhua quoted Mr Xie as saying the rural population was 737 million and urban residents numbered 577 million by the end of last year.24 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
Every citizen on the mainland is issued with a residence permit, or hukou, that identifies the carrier as 'rural' or 'urban'. Urbanites are registered as residents of a particular urban authority, which entitles them to the social services - education, healthcare, social security - provided by that authority only.6 Mar 2006 - 12:00am
Faced with a surge in applications for residency in Shenzhen from relatives of the city's permanent residents, authorities have closed the door on further applications while they cope with the backlog.
It is suspending acceptance of applications from the spouses, parents and children of hukou holders until the end of the year.2 Aug 2005 - 12:00am
After suggestions that the Beijing People's Congress will abolish a 1995 regulation that restricts migrant residents in the capital, the city's police say they might drop a corresponding permit system.28 Jan 2005 - 12:00am
The central Government has issued an ultimatum to provincial authorities to immediately return fees illegally charged to migrant workers or face severe punishment.26 Apr 2002 - 12:00am
The residence registration system, or hukou, is one of the most influential tools of social control in China. Under it, people can legally live and work only where they are registered. Urban residents are entitled to benefits such as unemployment subsidies, pensions, medical insurance and free housing.17 Oct 2001 - 12:00am
The State Council has issued an emergency circular urging last-minute population counting after initial reports indicated one province may have under-estimated its number of inhabitants by 10 million people.14 Nov 2000 - 12:00am
The world's biggest census starts today when five million census-takers and one million supervisors spread out in a 10-day effort to discover just how many Chinese there are on the mainland.
This is the most ambitious of the five such efforts undertaken since 1949 and a test of the trust between the Government and its subjects. The others were in 1953, 1964, 1982 and 1990.1 Nov 2000 - 12:00am