China’s shrinking cities to adopt new urbanization strategies

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/4/10 17:23:40

A view of Jixi, a city in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Monday Photo: VCG

The recently released 2019 official urbanization plan has set a new tone for China's urbanization, shifting from an expansion-oriented pattern to an improvement-oriented mode in order to cope with the problem faced by shrinking cities.

It is the first time that the term "shrinking cities" has appeared in China's official documents. The term refers to cities with declining populations.

According to the plan on the Key Tasks of New Type of Urbanization released on Monday by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's top economic planner, shrinking cities need structural simplification and their urban expansion plans need to be examined strictly.

Also, shrinking cities should make more efforts to build upon their current resources, redesign inefficient projects and guide people and public resources to flow back into urban areas, read the plan.

According to an article posted on Tuesday on WeChat official account Urban Evolution, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jilin Province and Liaoning Province had 73 percent of the shrinking cities in China in the past three years. Heilongjiang has six, and Jilin and Liaoning each have five.

"Lacking job opportunities is the first problem I would encounter if I chose to move back to Harbin [capital of Heilongjiang]. I simply couldn't find a similar position there," said Li Ting, who is working in the marketing department of a top financial firm in Beijing.

Cities need to improve their management levels and shift non-core projects to neighboring smaller cities. Smaller cities should strengthen their industrial support capacity and public service quality to create more opportunities, the NDRC noted.

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