tirsdag 2. mars 2021

Xi to weigh case for even bigger mega-cities

China’s sprawling mega-cities could get even bigger as authorities prepare to consider scrapping current hard regulatory limits on their sizes and populations. Initial steps in that direction could be taken when delegates of China’s parliament and top political advisory agency gather in Beijing for this year’s plenary sessions, which start on Thursday.

Months before the annual political ritual, deputies of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) flew into Beijing and attended a brainstorming session convened by President Xi Jinping. Professor Lu Ming, of Shanghai Jiaotong University and a member of the CPPCC’s Shanghai Committee, was among the public affairs experts invited by Xi to give policy recommendations on urbanization during the retreat inside Zhongnanhai.