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  • Sep 16, 2014
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China's urbanisation push needs land reform, freer residency rights in cities

Tan Yingyu is one of China’s 200 million migrant workers, and like many he is stuck: he does not want to return to his village but also cannot become a legal resident in the city of Chengdu, where he has worked for nearly 20 years.

Monday, 11 November, 2013, 11:18am

Debts weigh down new vision for urban push

"Better city, better life" - the slogan used by the Shanghai-hosted World Expo 2010 sparked great controversy on the mainland at the time. Critics said life was far from better in the city after a massive wave of urbanisation had worsened pollution, caused rising bad debts, and lowered the quality of life.

6 Jun 2013 - 4:15am

Without land reform, China cannot meet its policy goal of urbanisation

The deaths of three farmers in Henan , Hubei and Sichuan - killed separately while protesting against the requisition of their land - have made the central government sit up. On May 13, the Ministry of Land and Resources warned officials to enforce the rule against illegal land grabs.

30 May 2013 - 2:56am 3 comments

China urbanisation plan hits roadblock over spending fears

Premier Li Keqiang has rejected an urbanisation proposal drafted by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

23 May 2013 - 5:50pm 3 comments

Urbanisation may be one of China's greatest challenges

In recent months, Premier Li Keqiang has targeted urbanisation as a priority for the economy. Indeed, urbanisation will boost economic growth and create a better living environment for all. In terms of both geographic scope and size of the population, the process in China will break records. What could the consequences be on residential property markets at city levels?

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

How to fund China's urbanisation

After extensive consultation, co-ordinated by the National Development and Reform Commission, the long-term plan for China's urbanisation is being finalised. Behind all the complex issues is one fundamental question: how will it be paid for?

13 May 2013 - 1:52am 6 comments

Farm sector faces pressure from rising affluence, urbanisation, Boao Forum panel hears

Even though grain production has grown for the past nine years, China must continue to boost investment in agriculture because demand for food is set to soar thanks to an increasingly affluent population and rapid urbanisation, government officials and industry players have cautioned.

9 Apr 2013 - 5:05am

China's urbanisation drive lacks planning, Boao Forum panellists warn

Governments must plan carefully and make a bigger effort to improve the welfare system amid the mainland's unprecedented urbanisation drive, panellists at the Boao Forum for Asia warned.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:49am

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

Li Keqiang warns of urbanisation risks in first speech as premier

Premier Li Keqiang has warned of the hidden risks of an "unprecedented" urbanisation push in the world's most populous nation, saying the relocation of millions of rural residents to cities would take a long time.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am