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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

    The World Today, July 1945

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    London: Capital greed breeds an ugly skyline

    The city needs to reimpose a proper planning system if it wants a harmonious future

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    Peter Wynne Rees, City Planning Officer for the City of London 1985-2014, is Professor of Places & City Planning at UCL Faculty of the Built Environment

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    Reading List: 6 books on cities old and new

    Triumph of the City, Edward Glaeser, Pan, £9.99. The Harvard professor of urban economy takes the reader from Mumbai to Rio and Detroit. He finds the American suburb, much criticized by right-thinking people, in good health in the southern US, and spreading like a rash over India and other developing countries. 

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    Berlin: Mega city without mega prices

    Berlin has so far avoided a cripplingly expensive housing market, but things could be changing

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    Stephanie Pieper is UK correspondent for ARD German Radio

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    Review: The senior officers’ mess in Iraq and Afghanistan

    High Command: British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Christopher L Elliott, Hurst & Company £21.25 

    At the End of Military Intervention Ed. Robert Johnson & Timothy Clack (Changing Character of Conflict Seminar, Oxford) OUP £54

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    Robert Fox is Defence Correspondent of the Evening Standard 

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    Singapore: Small footprint, big ideas

    Lim Eng Hwee, chief planner and deputy chief executive officer of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, discusses sustainability and green living in a limited space

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    Review: Life from a Guantánamo Bay cell

    Guantánamo Diary Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Canongate, £16.00

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    Burhan Wazir is the Editor of Qulture.com 

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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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