21 February 2020

City classification criteria to be revised soon, report says

The Chinese government will revise the current classification criteria of cities soon, allowing large counties to be upgraded to cities, financial information provider reported Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. While the current population threshold for an area to be classified as city will be lowered, authorities will set other strict criteria for counties that seek upgrade, a source was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, the population-based city size classification standards will be adjusted to meet the present social situation, the report said.

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