China: Another Great Leap Forward? by Justin Jin

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Hobbyists take advantage of government land clearance to fly kites in the congested southwestern Chinese megapolis of Chengdu. Here, a plot of farmland was recently cleared and flattened to make way for urban development. Hobbyists would enjoy the land until construction starts, and look for new pastures. The Chinese government plans to move 250 million rural residents into urban areas over the coming dozen years though it is unclear whether people want to move and where the money for this project will come from. Further urbanisation is meant to drive up consumption to counterbalance an export orientated economy and end subsistence farming but the drive to get people off the land is causing tens of thousands of protests each year. /Felix Features