Urbanisation in China Social Changes

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Urbanisation as social transformation: A critical review of the Fastest Changing Place on Earth The 1978 reforms have accelerated China’s shift into greater refocus on their economics, social change and the state of the nation. Urbanisation can be used as a term that comes under modernisation, the model being executed in China is the individualisation of profiles which uses a unique blend of occidental and oriental elements. China’s focus on their economic and global power is causing an unnecessary strain on the relationship between local population and national authority, the degradation has reached dangerous levels that Chinese authorities can no longer ignore. The White horse village case provides an excellent example of the challenges that arise from balancing conflicting interests. Undoubtedly China has succumbed to a dramatic shift in improving economic development and with that comes the need for rapid rural urbanisation. Setting out to achieve this rural urbanisation needs the component of re-educating the rural population so they understand the trend. Modernisation can be interpreted as Westernisation and this may be a detrimental cost of cultural loss. However, urbanisation can be said as a cherished dream that is shared amongst the Chinese population. The Chinese government has set key modernisation boundaries to serve as a catalyst for strong economic growth which include; agriculture and industry. With the introduction of an open market it is crucial for China to adjust the use of land accordingly. If China wants to remain as a global power then China must revitalise itself to be a seen in that regard. China can paint itself as picture of immense wealth and power but if its own infrastructure cannot reflect this urbanisation, China may not see the end of this model’s cycle. The rule of modernisation will only be enhanced if the priorities in China see
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