rural reform

Making Rural China Urban

China researcher Mi Shih offers her insight on the new approach to rural development launched by the new regime in 2012, called chengzhenhua, or literally “city- and town-ification”. From The China Story: Chinese...

Chinese Farmers Fight Back Against State Controls

So far at the 18th Party Congress, observers have found few signs that point to substantial political reforms under the new leadership. But while Chinese political insiders debate the merits of reforming the system from the top,...

The Secret Document That Transformed China

NPR revisits the village of Xiaogang, which, at the height of Maoism in China, wrote up a secret contract which allowed farmers to keep a portion of the crops they grew. Now, 34 years later, Xiaogang is widely known as the...

China’s Little Che Pushes Rural Reform

From Economic Observer Online: Ma Yonghong, 25, exudes a shrewdness and maturity inconsistent with his age. Scarred by two unsuccessful attempts to shake up local politics in his mountain hometown in Shaanxi, he still harbored...

The Fat Lady Sings in China’s Opera of Reform

In the Times, Rosemary Righter writes about the recent reforms in land ownership and puts them in the context of the recent economic slowdown: The communist leadership has been tiptoeing towards more enlightened policies for...

China Vows to Facilitate Stable Development of Agriculture, Sustained Income Growth for Farmers – Xinhua

Xinhua reports on the two-day rural work conference that ended yesterday: China concluded the annual central rural work conference on Sunday with a pledge to enhance rural infrastructure construction, promote stable development of agriculture and facilitate a sustained income growth for farmers next year. The pledge should be carried out in 2008 and a certain […]

Chengdu Reform: Merging Rural And Urban –

From On August 20, a large-scale campaign involving tens of thousands of officials was launched in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. These officials, used to working in urban government agencies, were asked to move their desks to the backward rural areas for next two years. Besides their desks, they are expected to bring the villages […]

Roots Of China’s Miracle – Yasheng Huang (Ȫщ∫öÁîü)

From Financial Times: In designing his economic policy programme for the next five years, President Hu Jintao is well advised to seek counsel from someone virtually unknown to those Chinese who came of age in the 1990s. He is Wan Li, 91 years old and still intellectually alert. Mr Wan was a special guest at […]

Rural China Finds Political Voice – Carrie Gracie

From BBC News: In China huge cities are springing up and city jobs are being created for more than 500 million agricultural workers who are no longer needed in the fields. One village in south west China has been designated as the new capital of remote Wuxi county. But progress has not been as smooth […]

Business, Politics Merge in Chinese Villages – Louisa Lim

From NPR’s Morning Edition: The village of Xiacheng in Zhejiang province is part of a tiny revolution, which could slowly change the way China is governed. All villages in China now elect their own leaders. And in Zhejiang province, where many households run factories in their front rooms, they’re choosing businessmen like Wu Houhui. “In […]

Down On the Farm – Melinda Liu and Jonathan Ansfield

From Newsweek International (link): The minutes of the March 4 meeting“ostensibly convened by Communist Party policy advisers to discuss economic reforms and rural poverty”were supposed to be secret. But last month they leaked out on the Web, and ideological sparks have been flying ever since. What started out as a discussion by officials, economists and […]

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