Regarding Attractive Towns as the Breakthrough for Urban-Rural Integration
On December 12 last year, the National Development and Reform Commission, China Development Bank, China Everbright Bank, China Enterprise Confederation, China Enterprise Directors Association, and China Urban-townization Promotion Council jointly issued the Notice on Advancing Characteristic Towns through Implementing the Enterprise-Township Cooperation Project. In line with President Xi Jinping’s important instructions on the development of characteristic towns, the notice calls upon enterprises, public institutions, and local governments to work together to create attractive towns and stresses that the market play a guiding role and encourages social organizations and capital to get involved. The healthy expansion of attractive towns in line with the notice is needed to promote new urbanization and make a breakthrough in the realization of urban-rural integration. Building charming and livable small attractive towns that possess industries and the functions of cities is of great strategic significance to optimizing urban planning and structure, driving rural development, improving specialization and involvement of social sectors, enhancing international competitiveness, and building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020.