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Economy

Rural Chinese in no hurry to settle in cities after all

Relative value of urban residency declines to the surprise of 'hukou' reformers

| China
A farmer in China
Farmers toil near a residential construction site in Shanghai.   © Reuters

Some observers have associated China's hukou, or household registration system, with terms such as "apartheid" or "two-class society" because it divides the citizenry into two groups, urban and rural.

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