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Beijing named most competitive city in Chinese mainland

(Beijing Daily)

16:55, May 23, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing ranked first among cities in the Chinese mainland in overall urban competitiveness for the first time in 2011, according to the annual Blue Book on Urban Competitiveness covering 294 cities in China's mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing on May 21.

The 10 most competitive Chinese cities last year were, in descending order, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Qingdao, and Changsha.

The blue book showed that Beijing ranked first among all Chinese cities in sub-indices such as talent competitiveness, technological competitiveness, and innovative competitiveness.

The CASS believes that the trend of urbanization in China in the past 10 years will not continue, and there are three major problems facing the country's urbanization.

The first problem is incomplete population urbanization. The country's urbanization rate has reached 50 percent, but urban hukou holders only account for 33 percent of its total population.

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