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    中国的农村 -- 现在与未来

    中国是传统的农耕国家,在超过十三亿的总人口中,农业户口人数所占比超过64%。虽然拥有世界第三的国土面积,实用性耕地有限,农民人均耕地仅0.19公顷,收入低、地位低、生活艰苦是目前中国绝大部分农民的状态。

    尽管拥有高比例的农业人口,中国的农村依然出现了劳动力短缺的现象。严峻的城乡二元经济结构使得越来越多的劳动力走向城市,农村大量土地闲置,利用率低,与国外规模化种植农业相比,中国农业缺乏竞争优势,科技水平不高,抵抗市场风险能力弱,再加上近年来以水土流失与过度开发为特征的耕地功能弱化与耕地面积锐减现象较为严重,对农业生产的正常发展与国家粮食的战略安全构成了严重的威胁。

    如何正确解读农业、农村、农民问题,寻求中国农业可持续发展的新途径,已经成为中国政府的当务之急。本文仅以中国东西部一区一县为例,简要阐述在当今中国社会的现实条件下,农村发展的问题及应对措施。

    一、中国农村发展存在的问题

    地域之间发展不平衡

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    陈 刚, Richard Zheng

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    Tokyo: Can a city have its own foreign policy?

    Tokyo is not just the political capital of Japan. It is home to 13.2 million people - or 10 per cent of the country’s population - and as many as 32 million people if you include the surrounding area. Accounting for 20 per cent of Japan’s gross domestic product, it is the 14th largest economy in the world, ranked between Spain and Mexico. Not surprisingly, Tokyo governors can have a huge impact on the domestic political agenda, with the capacity to mobilize sentiment and to influence national foreign policy as well. 

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    Our 70th anniversary: Germany and European Reconstruction

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    Pegida can be tamed

    The backlash against multiculturalism in Europe is a bigger threat to France than Germany, despite weekly marches against 'Islamization' in Dresden and other cities

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    Timo Lochocki is a Transalantic Fellow at the Europe Programme of the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin

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    Jargonbuster: The odium of ‘to podium’

    We all rejoice in novelty and experimentation in language. Who could fail to be tickled by Boris Johnson rediscovering wiff-waff, the 19th-century name for ping-pong, when he spoke in Beijing of London’s ambitions for the Olympics?

    Who could fail to have their spirits cast down, however, by new words or uses of English that are uninteresting to begin with and that become poisonous by repetition? 

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    Send your jargon suggestions to [email protected] 

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    Interview: Stephen Green

    A former chairman of HSBC, lifelong Germanophile and committed Christian, Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint talks about the future of the eurozone, empty cathedrals and what makes Chinese leaders anxious

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    Islamic State, the offspring of Saddam

    Despite its declaration of a new ‘caliphate’ based on jihadist principles, much of the senior leadership Islamic State is actually made up of Saddam-era Baath Party members. 

    A study of the origins and make-up of Islamic State characterizes the jihadist group as a ‘spectral hold-over’ of the old regime. 

    ‘Most of its top decision-makers served either in Saddam Hussein’s military or security services. In a sense, ‘secular’ Baathism has returned to Iraq under the guise of Islamic fundamentalism.’

    ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, by Hassan Hassan and Michael Weiss, Regan Arts

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    A new start for Sri Lanka

    President Sirisena offers hope. Now he must deliver

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    Power league: City stock brokers

    Ranking cities by any measure apart from population is bound to be subjective.

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    Tomb raiders and the profits of doom

    The problems of policing the theft of antiquities

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    Sam Hardy is an archaeologist specializing in the illicit trade in antiquities. Sasan Aghlani is Research Assistant at the Chatham House International Security department

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