Rich coastal townships hope to profit from urbanisation push

Li Keqiang, urban champion

Affluent coastal townships are scrambling to get themselves classified as cities amid reports that the central government is thrashing out new policies to foster its urbanisation goals.

Sunday, 6 January, 2013, 4:46am

Township chief's trial fires up bloggers

The trial of a Beijing township chief has set the internet abuzz on the mainland, with many internet users asking how a low official could embezzle 200 million yuan (HK$246 million) of government funds.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Evolution of the vote

1978: Collapse of the village commune system prompts villages to experiment with idea of electing leaders placing their fingerprint under their preferred candidate.

1980: first elected village committee established in Guozuo village in Guangxi province.

1987: Organic law on electing village committees is passed by the National People's Congress

15 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Village reforms a dismal failure

Drive to slash bureaucracy has achieved little and management is 'in chaos'

China's decades-old village and township government reforms designed to solve overstaffing and cut costs are failing dismally, according to a survey by a State Council think-tank.

21 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Bold step to replace township governments

Township governing under reform

The central government will launch drastic institutional reforms to slash the bloated rural bureaucracy as part of its efforts to ease the financial burden on farmers and reduce social discontent, government officials have revealed.

7 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Village polls clean-up ordered

The State Council has issued a circular ordering improvements in the procedures for village committee elections and their implementation.

The circular, released by Xinhua yesterday, said the government wanted to address irregularities in some village elections.

19 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

WTO entry to raise tensions in rural areas: academic

Tension between the Government and farmers will intensify when cheap imported agricultural products begin flooding the market after China's accession to the World Trade Organisation, a leading mainland academic said yesterday.

3 May 2001 - 12:00am

Rural democracy struggles to survive

The election of relatively lowly village leaders often attracts fervent attention from foreign media and observers.

For many, the rural democracy endorsed by the Communist Party since the mid-1980s is a rare bright spot on China's human rights record and a 'silent revolution' that could drive the mainland towards democracy.

11 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Tibet pollution 'minor'

TIBET'S ecology remains healthy because its emerging township industries have not caused a significant pollution problem, a survey says.

The survey, conducted by the Township Industry Pollution Source Surveying Office of Tibet, found that only 128 out of more than 1,000 township firms in Tibet were polluting the environment and the damage was minor.

5 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

A model of reform for state firms

CHINA'S fast-growing township and village enterprises can offer a solution to the formidable task of reforming the moribund state sector, according to Credit Lyonnais Securities.

In November, the brokerage pioneered a four-day visit to Suzhou and Wuxi in Jiangsu province, one of the three major areas for the booming enterprises.

8 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Township enterprises reach critical point

FUJIAN province has a relatively developed township and village enterprise system. Indeed, based on a recent trip to Quanzhou and Shihu, I believe township and village enterprises are now at a critical juncture in their development.

26 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Township enterprises boom

THE number of township enterprises in Jiangsu province which produce more than 100 million yuan (about HK$89.3 million) annually in output value topped 500 by the end of june.

6 Aug 1994 - 12:00am