17 Jan '12, 4am

#China urban population outnumbers rural for first time:

#China urban population outnumbers rural for first time:

China said on Tuesday the number of people living in cities outnumbered those living in the countryside for the first time, as more and more people leave rural areas to seek better economic opportunities. -- PHOTO: AFP BEIJING (AFP) - China said on Tuesday the number of people living in cities outnumbered those living in the countryside for the first time, as more and more people leave rural areas to seek better economic opportunities. Urban dwellers now represent 51.27 per cent of China's entire population of nearly 1.35 billion - or 690.8 million people - the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said. China has for centuries been a mainly agrarian nation, but economic reforms undertaken more than three decades ago have triggered breakneck growth and a huge population shift to cities and coastal areas. The NBS said 21 million people moved to cities in 2011 - almost as much...

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