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From Sand to Skyscrapers: Inside China’s Newest City

As Beijing plans to move hundreds of millions into China’s cities, Tom Phillips reports from Lanzhou New Area, a new city under construction in Gansu province for which 700 mountains were condemned to be flattened: Its...

In New Research, A More Cynical Urban China

Patrick Boehler of the South China Morning Post reports that new research by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences showed that conservatives outnumber liberals in Chinese cities: Some 38.1 per cent of those surveyed held more...

Inequality, Unemployment Higher Than Expected

A new survey suggests that China’s Gini coefficient—a measure of inequality—is far higher than either other recent estimates or the 0.4 mark often said to represent potentially destabilising inequality. China has not...

Big Questions About China's Urban Legend

While the last thirty years has seen China’s urban population grow from one fifth to a half of the total, this figure masks the 15% who, though living in cities, lack urban residence permits. At The Wall Street Journal,...

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