New ur­ban­iza­tion plan on the way

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION DIGEST - By LI YANG liyang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A new na­tional ur­ban­iza­tion plan will be re­leased and im­ple­mented next year, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of China.

Po­lit­i­cal Bureau mem­bers an­a­lyzed eco­nomic work for the com­ing year and heard re­ports on the sec­ond na­tional land sur­vey at a meet­ing presided over by Party chief Xi Jin­ping in Bei­jing on Tues­day.

The sec­ond na­tional land sur­vey, which be­gan on July 1, 2007, is a vi­tal as­sess­ment of the coun­try’s con­di­tion and power. It is of great sig­nif­i­cance in strength­en­ing ter­ri­to­rial re­sources, im­prov­ing land-use ef­fi­ciency and mak­ing key plans and poli­cies in so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

The Po­lit­i­cal Bureau pledged that China must take the path of new ur­ban­iza­tion, in­di­cat­ing a new ur­ban­iza­tion plan will be made and im­ple­mented next year.

The plan was ex­pected to emerge in Novem­ber 2012 af­ter the Party’s 18th Na­tional Congress pointed to new ur­ban­iza­tion as a fresh growth point for the econ­omy.

The plan has re­port­edly met con­sid­er­able re­sis­tance from lo­cal gov­ern­ments in its draft- ing process as it touches on the re­dis­tri­bu­tion of land rev­enue be­tween farm­ers and gov­ern­ments.

The Po­lit­i­cal Bureau’s new prom­ise on the plan sig­ni­fies the Party lead­er­ship’s re­solve to deepen re­forms by mak­ing break­throughs in cru­cial ar­eas.

“The re­form should start from the fields where the peo­ple ex­pect most to see changes and from prom­i­nent is­sues that re­strict so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, so that the pos­i­tive ben­e­fits of the re­forms can be felt by China’s peo­ple,” Xi said on Nov 22 at a meet­ing with non- Com­mu­nist par­ties, the All-China Fed­er­a­tion of In­dus­try and Com­merce, and peo­ple with­out party af­fil­i­a­tion.

Tues­day’s meet­ing also shed light on the ap­proach­ing an­nual Eco­nomic Work Con­fer­ence this month.

The Po­lit­i­cal Bureau said the suc­cess­ful re­al­iza­tion of the main eco­nomic growth tar­gets this year guar­an­tees a good be­gin­ning for 2014.

The re­form blue­print sketched out at the re­cently con­cluded Third Plenum of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee will stim­u­late new growth and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, in spite of the ev­i­dent chal­lenges from home and abroad in the com­ing year, the state­ment said.

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