China's Urban Billion by Tom Miller
The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History (Asian Arguments)

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...takes a penetrating look at what has led China astray in its rush to urbanize and what can be done to fix the resulting problems.
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By 2030, China's cities will be home to 1 billion people—one in every eight people on earth. What kind of lives will China's urban billion lead? And what will China's cities be like? Over the past 30 years, China's urban population expanded by 500 million people, and is on track to swell by a further 300 million by 2030. Hundreds of millions of these new urban residents are rural migrants, who lead second-class lives without access to urban benefits. Even those lucky citizens who live in modern tower blocks must put up with clogged roads, polluted skies, and cityscapes of unremitting ugliness. The rapid expansion of urban China is astonishing, but new policies are urgently needed to create healthier cities. Combining on-the-ground reportage and up-to-date research, this pivotal book explains why China has failed to reap many of the economic and social benefits of urbanization, and suggests how these problems can be resolved. If its leaders get urbanization right, China will surpass the United States and cement its position as the world's largest economy. But if they get it wrong, China could spend the next 20 years languishing in middle-income torpor, its cities pockmarked by giant slums.

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Tom Miller is managing editor of the China Economic Quarterly, published by research company GK Dragonomics, and a former Beijing correspondent of the South China Morning Post. Tom has a degree in English from Oxford and an MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. After teaching for a year at Shanghai University, he studied Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University and at China's Central Academy of Drama. Resident in China for more than a decade, Tom lives in Beijing with his wife and two children. This is his first book.
Published November 22, 2012 by Zed Books. 202 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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...takes a penetrating look at what has led China astray in its rush to urbanize and what can be done to fix the resulting problems.

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