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China’s Urban Billion

Lurking silently behind practically every story on Chinese economic growth over the last thirty years has been the country’s unprecedented shift from being an overwhelmingly rural society to what is now a largely urban one, with almost 700 million urban residents now outnumbering their rural counterparts.

Joining Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn to talk about the biggest migration in human history is Tom Miller, analyst at GK Dragonomics and author of the newly-published China’s Urban Billion. If you find this topic as fascinating as we do, join us for an in-depth discussion of why China has reluctantly embraced urbanization, and how the resulting pressures are forcing changes in China’s hukou system and land-usage rights, and ask with us whether these changes are pushing cities like Beijing into a new kind of urban dystopia.

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