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China transforming


Malcolm Cook

28 May 2008 10:29

The more one looks at the huge transformations taking place in China, the more one becomes desensitized to extraordinarily large numbers. Yet, this report* out of China on the government’s urbanization plans still bowled me over. The Chinese Government, as part of its development and modernization strategy, is encouraging the world’s largest ever internal transfer of people. China’s planners foresee a rough doubling of China’s urban population to over 800 million people by 2020. Rural to urban migration has been one of the great drivers of China’s rapid development so far and it is set to accelerate. This may well change the nature of Chinese society and the associated pressures on its government, wider political system and environment more than any other single phenomenon.

*link restored