China: Another Great Leap Forward? by Justin Jin

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Former farm workers scavenge a former village - now bulldozed into a giant construction site - for building materials in Liaocheng. The local government is razing down this village on the outskirts of the city and turning farmland into an urban development zone. Demolition companies pay former residents to tear down their houses and resell the material. 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