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Premier promotes urbanization

Updated: Nov 28,2014 1:39 PM     english.gov.cn

Premier Li Keqiang said that though 94% of China’s residents live east of the Hu Huanyong Line - concerning 43% of the country’s territory - urbanization of the central and western areas is also necessary.

He made the comments during a visit to the National Museum of China in Beijing on Nov 27, and referred to the Heihe-Tengchong Line - an imaginary line drawn by Chinese geographer Hu Huanyong in 1935, which divides the area of China into two approximately equal parts, and marks the striking difference in the distribution of the country’s population.

The Premier said that China is a country with multiple ethnic groups and with a vast territory, and the government should consider how to address the situation, and promote coordinated regional development - so that residents of central and western areas would also be able to benefit from modernization.

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