Xiao Jincheng, institute director of spatial planning & regional economy of NDRC, discussed the issue of urbanization.
The 1979 reform and opening up accelerated China’s urbanization, with large rural populations swarming into big cities. Xiao considered the population transfer as the nature of urbanization.
He said, “To allow rural migrant workers to settle down in cities, and allow city public services to cover these people, are essential ways to improve urbanization.”
Xiao introduced, “According to the latest statistics, the population of rural migrant workers exceeds 200 million, and the number of stay-at-home children and women exceeds 100 million, altogether taking up one forth of China’s population.”
“The essence of people-oriented is to improve the living standard and quality of these 300 million people”, he added, “And we still have a lot of problems to tackle, including social security, social welfare and public services.”
“We expect to reach 70% of urbanization in 2030. Urbanization is both challenge and opportunity. It can become a driving force for city construction, for a better society, and even for economic growth”, Xiao said. (By Sylvia)