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China’s Urban Population Reaches 577 Million
On Sept. 26, 2007, the National Statistics Administration of China released the Report on Overall Coordinated Development of Urban Society and Economy, which indicates that by the end of 2006, the urban population of China has reached 577 million, and the total number of cities has reached 661, among which there are 287 of or above prefecture level.

In addition, according to China’s Development Report 2007: Eliminating Poverty During Development, which was issued recently in Beijing by China’s Development Study Fund, the population in poverty in China’s countryside has been reduced from 250 million in 1978 to about 20 million at present, with the poverty rate declining from 31% to 2.5%.

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