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Greening China's cities of tomorrow


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As the growth of China’s urban population continues increasing by 8-10% a year, a wide range of issues face Chinese policymakers, explained Li Tie, Director General of the China Centre for Urban Development of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China, at this Understanding China roundtable discussion.

High on this list of challenges are the questions of energy efficiency and sustainable urban infrastructure as well as a highly centralised city administration system. “Chinese cities are not very autonomous,” offered Li, “and we recognise the tremendous number of reforms to be undertaken. We are making progress but cannot ignore the challenges we face.”

The 2010 Shanghai Expo’s slogan of “Better City, Better Life” is more than just a slogan but a call for credible action, proclaimed Wu Hailong, Ambassador and Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the EU. “The Chinese people and government are serious about our goal to increase urban growth while improving the quality of life for China’s urban population,” he explained.


The EU’s expertise in urban development will be invaluable in China’s urbanisation plans, which will concentrate on four aspects of urban growth: streamlining urban agglomerations, improving the process of rural-to-urban migration, building sustainable urban infrastructure, and developing better practices in city management.

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