Premier Li Keqiang has urged efforts to deepen human-centered
urbanization as it can improve people’s livelihoods and boost economy.
"China’s greatest development potential lies in urbanization,"
according to a statement issued on Sunday after an executive meeting of
the State Council held on Friday.
As a project that has a significant bearing on the improvement of
people’s livelihoods, urbanization is also conducive to promote
effective investment and consumption, which enables a coordinated
development between cities and the countryside, the statement said.
The government will make it easier for people from the countryside to
become officially recognized urbanites. With the exception of a very few
mega cities, restrictions on Hukou, or registered permanent residence,
in cities will be fully liberalized for university graduates, skilled
workers and returned overseas students.
A regulation that upgrades "residence permit" management, announced by
the State Council in December last year and effective from this month,
will ensure city dwellers that have not yet acquired Hukou have access
to basic public services including education, employment, medical care
and legal assistance, according to the statement.
The government will speed up renovation of shantytowns and dilapidated
buildings. Supportive policies on shantytown renovations will be
expanded to cover major towns across the nation. Private capital is
encouraged to contribute to the construction of roads and underground
China will also expand the pilot areas for "new type" urbanization,
encourage the development of medium and small-sized cities. Pilot
projects will be carried out in some towns with a population over
100,000 that will enable them have county-level administration
authority, according to the statement.