Thursday, Apr 17, 2014, 5:50 AM CST – China

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Beijing and Shanghai “Unlivable”

On May 21, the China Academy of Social Sciences, the Chinese government’s primary think tank, issued its annual report on the competitiveness of China’s cities, ranking a total of 293 cities including Hong Kong, Macao and Taipei.

The report for the first time ranked cities’ overall competitiveness by measuring both their economic growth and density, and rated their sustainable competitiveness with 68 indices including livability, investment opportunities, social stability, environmental factors, and average educational background of residents.

With the highest concentration of resources, China’s three biggest metropolises Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou unsurprisingly placed in the top 10 in terms of economic competitiveness, but all three dropped off the podium in the livability stakes, a sign of their growing pollution problems and over-eager consumption of resources.

According to its author Ni Pengfei, the report is expected to urge fairer distribution of resources between different regions, to counterbalance rapid urbanization. 

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