Urbanising China


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  • Monday, 03 Jan 2011

MEASURED by the percentage of people living in its cities, China’s urbanisation rate currently stands at about 48%, according to official statistics. Given that the share of city dwellers was only 18% just 30 years ago, this is remarkable progress.

But it is still unsatisfactory, because most other countries at a similar stage of development experienced faster urbanisation than industrialisation.

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