Chinese Academy of Social Sciences releases report on China’s urbanization
On August 20, 2012, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences issued a report on China’s urbanization, The Urban Blue Book: China City Development Report No. 5 -中国城市发展报告 which highlights the growing disparity between the living standards of urban and rural residents.
The Atlantic Cities (CityLab) states that the report explains how China “is moving from a largely rural country to a highly urbanized country,” and brings together some of the most significant data published in the study. Key points worth noting are: the urbanization rate of large municipalities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin lies between 76% and 90%; authorities have to find appropriate methods to settle some 500 million additional migrant workers in cities; the government needs to invest 786 billion US dollars over 20 years to allow the 500 million new urban residents access to health care and public services; and that the income gap between urban and rural residents has increased by 68% since 1985, etc.