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(Chinese Social Sciences Today)


Urban-rural development needs follow-up support
Urban-rural development is not a one-time change, said Yin Zhi, the deputy executive dean of the Institute for China Sustainable Urbanization at Tsinghua University, at the Symposium on Integration and Innovation in Urban and Rural Planning held by Fudan University from March 10 to 11. Urban-rural development requires consistent division of labor and follow-up work to evaluate the technologies applied in development, Yin said, adding that accumulation of experience in applying technologies is the essential to sustainable development, he said. The new urbanization emphasizes improving efficiency by design and management, Yin said. Interpreting urban phenomenon with the support of massive amounts of data will be more reliable. However, such interpretations always are insufficient when it comes to understanding the logic of urban formation and urban life. Therefore, data should be combined more with logic, he said. 


Environmental protection should be personal right

The existing laws in China regarding environment and resources have few articles referencing citizen’s rights, which prevents people from invoking these laws to defending their rights in the event that they are affected by pollution and ecological damage, said Lü Zhongmei, a member of the 12th National People’s Congress of China and a professor of environmental law. The right to demand environmental protection is essential to establishing rule of law in environmental protection. Only when this right is granted to people, can it be clearly stated in legislation that when a citizen’s right to environmental protection conflicts with economic development, environmental protection takes precedence, Lü suggested.  


Center on sharing economy established

The Research Center on the Sharing Economy was established recently by the State Information Center under the National Development and Reform Commission of China in Beijing. The center also released a Report on China’s Sharing Economy in 2017. The report suggests the transaction volume of China’s sharing economy in 2016 was about 3.45 trillion yuan, an increase of about 103 percent over the previous year. About 600 million people were involved in the sharing economy, and 60 million people provided services under it. The report suggests that the development of the sharing economy is vital to implementing the strategy of prioritizing employment. The population of service providers in the sharing economy will reach 100 million by 2020, among which 20 million will be employed fulltime, effectively relieving the employment pressure brought by the slowdown of economic growth and technological advancement, according to the report.     



Graves with canoe-shaped coffins unearthed

More than 200 graves with canoe-shaped coffins were unearthed recently at Shuangyuan Village of Dawan County, Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Those graves date back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) and the Warring States Period (475-221 BC). The grave of M 154 is the biggest in scale, containing a coffin six meters long and one meter wide. The coffin is carved from an entire tree trunk. Wang Tianyou, leader of the excavation team from the Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology of Chengdu, said considering the similarity of the unearthed objects between this one and that of the king of the ancient Shu Kingdom, the owner of M 154 is probably also of high status. The decorative pattern on the unearthed bronzeware indicates that some of the graves date back to the period before the Qin Kingdom conquered Shu Kingdom, said Liu Yumao, a colleague of Wang.