The urbanization level in China will be more than 50%

16:31, March 30, 2010      

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For the coming "12th Five-Year plan" period, China's urbanization level is expected to exceed 50 percent. Today State Council Information Office of PRC held its news briefing. The person in charge of National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the PRC, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PRC (MOHURD), Ministry of Agriculture of the PRC, attended this meeting and disclosed above statement.

According to Li Shouxin, the director of Development and Planning Division of the National Development and Reform Commission, from the "Eighth Five-year" Plan, China has made significant achievements of urbanization. First, the urbanization rate has been improved significantly. By 2009, China's urban population has reached 622 million people and urbanization rate has been increased to over 46 percent by statistical counting. That means China's urbanization rate is gradually closer to the average level of middle-income countries. Second, the urban system has been gradually improved, and the relevant institutional mechanism reform also has made great progress.

However, Li Shouxin also mentioned China's urbanization has brought some problems. Population quality is not good enough, the urbanization of eastern, central and western regions shows uneven development and the majority of cities in China are still in the primary stage of development. Blind development of small towns has also caused environment pollution.

Facing the current issue, land urbanization is faster than the population urbanization. Leng Hongzhi, the deputy director of the Land Use Management Division of the Ministry of Land Resources of PRC, mentioned at the present stage lots of measures have been taken to implement the most stringent farmland protection system and land conservation system.

In fact, there are 167 million migrant workers counted as among the 622 million urban population, but actually are still registered as part of the agricultural population under the household registration system. Li Shouxin mentioned the key factor and the most important issue for China's further urbanization is to ensure migrant workers have equal social rights and enjoy their economic success achievement equally.

To solve the current problem and to protect the migrant workers rights, Yin Chengji, the director of Policy Research Division of the Ministry of Human and Social Security of the PRC mentioned the Chinese government will take measures.

For the next 10-15 years, China will still be in a rapid urbanization development stage, and the level of urbanization will increase average 0.8-1 percent every year.

By People's Daily Online
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