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    China Business
     Apr 15, '14


Doubts cloud China's urbanization drive
By Michael Lelyveld

Nearly a month after China unveiled its ambitious urbanization program, questions persist about the impact of moving more than 100 million rural residents to cities in the next seven years.

On March 16, the government announced its "national new-type


urbanization plan", which has been years in the making.

The initiative would raise China's share of city dwellers from 53.7% to 60% by 2020, relying on major social and economic reforms for a population that reached 1.361 billion last year, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data.

In addition to making room for some 15 million new entrants annually, the government would grant urban residency status, or hukou, to migrants, raising the proportion of citizens with access to health care and education benefits from 35.7% to 45%.

The effort is part of a grand strategy to narrow the gap between affluent city residents and the rural poor while promoting more sustainable development and the transition to a consumption-driven economy.

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Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Asia. For original article, see here

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