Housing minister: Proper planning can cure 'metropolis syndrome'

14:30, June 01, 2011      

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In the newly issued "Annual Report on the Urban Development of China," Jiang Wei, minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), proposed that in the 12th Five-Year Plan, China should transform the mode of urban development in order to resolve the "metropolis syndrome".

Jiang thinks that China will be in a crucial transformational juncture of urbanization during the 12th Five-Year Plan, with over a half of the population living in urban areas. Many problems occurred in those developed countries that have experienced this period of urbanization, such as underemployment, an increasing wealth gap, housing shortages, traffic jams, environmental pollution and a "middle-income trap." China should take lessons from these countries, Jiang said.

Jiang says that during the 12th Five-Year Plan, China should transform the mode of urban development, perform energy saving and emission reduction policies, and develop environmentally friendly construction projects in order to build low-carbon eco-cities. Furthermore, China should balance urban and rural development and propel the modernization of the countryside to boost its development abilities, so that people in rural areas can enjoy the positive result of urbanization.

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