Mon

24

Mar

2014

Relocating Farmers to City

From New York Times

BEIJING — China has announced a sweeping plan to manage the flow of rural residents into cities, promising to promote urbanization but also to solve some of the drastic side effects of this great uprooting.

 

The plan — the country’s first attempt at broadly coordinating one of the greatest migrations in history — foresees 100 million more people moving to China’s cities by 2020, while providing better access to schools and hospitals for 100 million former farmers already living in cities but currently denied many basic services. Underpinning these projections would be government spending to build roads, railways, hospitals, schools and housing.

New apartment buildings for former miners and farmers in a suburb of Beijing. Credit Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
New apartment buildings for former miners and farmers in a suburb of Beijing. Credit Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

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Fri

22

Feb

2013

In the Year of the Snake, Challenges for the Chinese Economy

New York Times Deal Book By FEBRUARY 19, 2013, 12:54PM BY BILL BISHOP

 

China is back to work after a week long holiday to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Most business shut for the entire week and the scale of human migration was awesome. This year, the Chinese made 440 million trips during the lunar holiday.

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Thu

31

May

2012

Hedging their bets

From The Economist

May 26th 2012   BEIJING

Moving the family abroad

Hedging their bets

Officials, looking for an exit strategy,

send family and cash overseas

 

THE phrase “naked official”, or luo guan, was coined in 2008 by a bureaucrat and blogger in Anhui province, Zhou Peng’an, to describe officials who have moved their family abroad, often taking assets with them. Once there, they are beyond the clutches of the Communist Party in case anything, such as a corruption investigation, should befall the official, who is left back at home alone (hence “naked”). Mr Zhou says the issue has created a crisis of trust within the party, as officials lecture subordinates on patriotism and incorruptibility, but send their own families abroad.


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Sat

11

Sep

2010

The next billionaire challenge: China's wealthiest

Chen Guang-biao, 42, made a fortune in the demolition business. He pledges to give it all away.
Chen Guang-biao, 42, made a fortune in the demolition business. He pledges to give it all away.
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