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Chinese President Xi Jinping vows to limit growth of largest cities

Published on Jun 6, 2014 9:09 PM
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening ceremony of the sixth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 5, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday promised to impose strict limits on population growth in the country's largest cities, state media reported, as the authorities seek to push migration towards smaller urban centres. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday promised to impose strict limits on population growth in the country's largest cities, state media reported, as the authorities seek to push migration towards smaller urban centres.

Decades of rapid urbanisation in China have seen the proportion of its urban population swell to more than 50 per cent, creating massive conurbations such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

The authorities will "strictly control the size of the population in especially large cities", Mr Xi said at a meeting of a Communist Party policy group, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Migration in China has for decades been limited by the country's hukou household registration system, which denies countryside residents equal access to health, education and housing benefits when they move to cities.

 
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