Urbanization plan includes multiple goals
China’s first urbanization plan demonstrates its ambition to achieve multiple goals through a massive economic and social program, analysts said.
The goals, as stated in the 30,000-character New-style Urbanization Plan (2014-20), include boosting domestic demand, addressing rural and agricultural problems, facilitating industrial upgrading, promoting regional development and advancing social benefits for all.
The plan also deals with a wide spectrum ranging from better city layouts, employment, regional development, public service systems, reductions in energy use and even the conservation of cultural heritage.
“What impressed me is it actually concentrates less on the economic aspects and more on social and environmental matters,” said Jonathan Woetzel, co-chair of the Urban China Initiative and director of McKinsey & Co.
A beekeeper (right) and a model wear protective clothing while entertaining visitors during the Beijing Agricultural Carnival in Changping district. The carnival also featured new breeds of fruits, vegetables and plants and advanced agricultural technologies.