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     Apr 3, '14


China's long view obscured by smog
By Michael Lelyveld

China's revised urbanization program will have environmental costs and consequences in coming years, with the possibility of conservation benefits only in the longer term, experts say.

The government's "national new-type urbanization plan" would build massive amounts of housing and infrastructure for millions of rural dwellers moving to China's cities by 2020, according to state media reports on March 16.

The ambitious plan comes from the ruling Communist Party's



Central Committee and the State Council, China's cabinet. It stresses social mobility and access to urban services for rural residents and migrant workers, with development following a "human-centered and environmentally friendly path", the official Xinhua news agency said.

The long-delayed master plan would raise the urban share of the population to 60% by 2020 from 53.7% now, with the relocation of some 109 million people from the countryside over seven years, based on National Bureau of Statistics data. More...

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

(Copyright 2014, Radio Free Asia.)






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