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China’s green plan displaces villagers, forces inequity

By Blaine Friedlander | August 31, 2020 As China creates more green space around its giant cities, the country’s modernization plan – which includes relocating 250 million rural villagers into urban centers by 2025 – appears to have a dark side: socioeconomic inequity. While many studies have lauded China’s new environmental goals, much of this research has focused on the technical ways to make urban infrastructure sustainable and reduce emissions. However, new research suggests a relationship between urbanism and social inequity. There are no national standards for land valuation and…

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