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Premier Li calls for sustainable urban development

Updated: Nov 1,2014 8:41 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING -- Premier Li Keqiang on Oct 31 called for more international cooperation on sustainable urban development.

China’s urbanization is putting people first. This requires harmonious and inclusive urban development, Li said in a congratulatory letter to the World Cities Day activities in Shanghai.

He said the city is an important platform for human civilization progress and social and economic development.

China is working to realize a rational distribution of cities and towns and coordinated development of big, medium, and small cities and small towns. Only innovate industries can bring about high quality, sustainable urban development, said Li

The premier also called on the international community to strengthen exchanges and cooperation on green cities, smart cities, urban governance, and urban culture.

The idea of World Cities Day was proposed by the Shanghai Declaration issued at the Shanghai World Expo on 2010, to advocate the idea of better city, better life.

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