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Diankou – a tough model for other towns to follow

Diankou in Zhejiang province has developed into a vibrant township. However, it will be extremely difficult for other townships to follow in its footsteps.

19 June 2014

China’s urbanisation challenge

Our research in 16 towns nationwide suggests that China’s drive to develop its smaller towns and cities may be more difficult than it foresees.

19 June 2014

Reviving the Yangtze River

Plans to develop an economic zone along the length of the Yangtze River are the latest in a series of large-scale regional development proposals announced by the central government.

08 May 2014

Jing-Jin-Ji integration to ease capital congestion

Economists and analysts assess a new plan to relocate some administrative and industrial resources into the provinces surrounding Beijing in order to ease chronic pollution, congestion and overcrowding in the capital.

10 April 2014

Urbanisation plan success to hinge on financial reforms

China has published a long-awaited urbanisation plan aimed at increasing the number of people holding urban residency permits by 100m during the 2014-2020 period. The plan, however, acknowledges that financial reforms are necessary to finance the infrastructure and welfare expansion needed to support this migration. We believe that the speed at which these reforms can be implemented will determine the success of the urbanisation plan.

17 March 2014

Reforms – where to from here?

The reform agenda that was set out following the third plenum is set to be implemented unevenly and according to varied timescales. Here is our take.

28 November 2013

China unveils historic hukou reforms

The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced today that it will “completely abolish residency restrictions in townships and small cities”, as part of a wide-ranging series of reforms, including an expansion of the social welfare system. We think that these reforms, alongside a series of other initiatives outlined in a 21,000-word document released today, represent one of the most ground-breaking developments in China’s reform process since 1979.

15 November 2013

China’s rural reform gets boost from plenum

The Communist Party of China (CPC) signalled today that it plans to push forward with key reforms to its rural economy, in what we think is the most significant of a series of initiatives outlined during a key four-day political conclave in Beijing. 

12 November 2013

Unlocking the rural property market

The monetisation of rural land and real estate is one of the last great untapped assets that China can use to spur economic growth. Our grass-roots research shows that such monetisation is spreading fast and set to gather pace.

17 October 2013

China sets date of key economic reform meeting

The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced today it has set November as the date for third plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. We think the naming of a date suggests that Beijing has reached a broad consensus on key economic reforms to be showcased at the meeting but much political jockeying on policy details lies ahead. 

27 August 2013

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