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Migrants and Megacities – China’s Urbanization Model under the Microscope

The People’s Republic of China is undergoing a construction boom. As the world’s largest trading nation, it has set itself ambitious aims that are of historic proportions. Up to 250 million Chinese people are set to move to newly constructed urban centers, with planned investment of up to ¥40 trillion. What risks and opportunities underpin this urbanization strategy? How should we read the process of suburbanization, which has already begun, and the strategy of chengzhenhua (development of smaller cities)? And last but not least: Is a new real estate bubble of Chinese origin looming on the horizon? On October 15, 2013, journalist Shi Ming and Dr. Roland Winkler, sinologist and urban planner, came together to discuss Migrants and Megacities – China’s Urbanization Model under the Microscope. The event was held in the Berlin Office of the Foundation.

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