China addressed its future city development in a Central Urban Work Conference on Sunday, specially devoting a meeting to the issue after last doing so in 1978.
Senior leaders in China are gathering to discuss future urban development, in a meeting that was last convened 37 years ago.
More than 50 percent of China’s population lived in cities at the end of 2011, compared with 18 percent in 1978.
Rapid urbanization in the past decades has brought about significant changes to China’s economy and society, while giving rise to traffic jams, air pollution and resource strain in cities.
Analysts say China needs to make better plans on urban development and management in future to tackle those problems, as fast urbanization often comes with a rise of social conflicts.
Official data show that, although nearly 55 percent of China’s population live in cities, only less than 40 percent are registered urban residents.
China plans to raise those ratios to around 60 percent and 45 percent respectively by 2020.
The country also plans to make cities more suitable to live, and improve urban planning and management.