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

Residency drags urban drive

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.