BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's Foreign Ministry on Monday said the country is willing to enhance cooperation with other countries in urbanization as A UN General Assembly committee designated October 31 as World Cities Day.
The UN General Assembly "decides to designate 31 October of every year, beginning in 2014, as World Cities Day," said a resolution adopted by the UNGA Economic and Financial Committee on Friday.
Expressing gratitude for relevant countries and the UN Human Settlements Programme, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said at a routine press briefing that the World Cities Day is the first World Day initiated by China in the UN.
The World Cities Day originated in "Better City, Better Life," the theme of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
China is ready to strengthen cooperation with foreign countries in urbanization and sustainable development, he said, noting that China is in an important period of urbanization.
Chinese economist calls for market-driven urbanization
BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's leading economist and advocate of reform Wu Jinglian has called for a new model of urbanization that is market driven and more efficient, the Shanghai Securities News reported Tuesday.
In an article published in the paper Wu said China must avoid urbanization that heavily stresses developing land and expanding city size. Full story
Urbanization, legal reform big challenges faced by Chinese leaders: foreign experts
COVENTRY, Britain, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Urbanization and legal reform are two big issues faced by Chinese leaders currently, experts said here on Saturday.
Last year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang especially talked about urbanization a lot, said Kerry Brown, executive director from the China Studies Center at the University of Sydney. Full story
New urban-rural relations to take shape: communique
BEIJING, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- An new, integrated system of urban-rural relations will allow people living outside cities equal participation in modernization and better property rights, says a communique following the Communist Party of China (CPC)'s key session on reform.
Improvements must be made to promote agriculture, and urban development must lead to rural, according to the communique adopted by the third plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee held from Nov. 9 to 12 in Beijing. Full story
Market to play "decisive" role in allocating resources: communique
BEIJING, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) has acknowledged the market's "decisive" role in allocating resources in a communique of its key session about the reform. Full story