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Beginning a Conversation on Chinese Urbanization

The scale and variety of Chinese urbanization can overwhelm attempts at analysis. This paper is an exploratory attempt to relate broader patterns of economic transformation in India and China. It addresses specific issues related to various aspects of urbanization, responding largely to issues raised by Zongyong Wen (chapter 5 in this volume). It then situates the specific model of urban transformation described by Zuojun Yang (chapter 6 in this volume) in an Indian comparative context before concluding with an agenda for future conversations, drawing on Brian McGrath (chapter 7 in this volume), which emphasizes the importance of the specificity of the Indian and Chinese urban experience.

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