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Shenjing He & Junxi Qian

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Chapter 29: New Frontiers in Researching Chinese Cities

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New Frontiers in Researching Chinese Cities
New Frontiers in Researching Chinese Cities
Shenjing HeJunxi Qian

In 2013, New York Times reported that the Chinese state was planning to move 250 million rural residents to newly constructed towns and cities (Johnson, 2013). The agenda was to be coupled with massive transformation of rural settlements to urbanized built environments (Shih, 2013). While the scale of cityward movement has been overstated by this report, it is without doubt that, since the launch of economic reform, China has spearheaded a crusade of urbanization unprecedented in history. According to the National Plan of New Urbanization (2014–2020), an official blueprint of urban development published by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council (China's de facto Cabinet), ...

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