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China to expand cities, better services

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BEIJING - China has announced plans to expand its cities and improve public services to support economic growth by allowing millions more rural residents to migrate to urban jobs. 

The Cabinet plan issued Sunday calls for raising the share of China's population of almost 1.4 billion people living in cities to 60% from 53.7% now, a shift of about 90 million people.

The ruling Communist Party sees allowing people to migrate into cities for higher-paid jobs as a pillar of more sustainable growth based on domestic consumption instead of trade and investment.

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