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The core of China’s rural revitalization: exerting the functions of rural area

Xiwen Chen (Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, The Thirteenth National People’s Congress Standing Committee, Beijing, China)

China Agricultural Economic Review

ISSN: 1756-137X

Article publication date: 27 June 2019

Issue publication date: 10 January 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a deeper understanding of the rural revitalization strategy, from the perspective of the fundamental functions that should be served by China’s rural areas in the implementation of this strategy.

Design/methodology/approach

Theoretical and comparative analyses of the functional relationship between China’s rural development and urban development, between China’s agricultural development and industrialization and that between China’s traditional culture and rural development today are conducted to identify the fundamental functions that should be performed well by China’s rural areas in the implementation of the rural revitalization strategy.

Findings

Three fundamental functions of China’s rural areas are identified: first, the function of ensuring national food security and the supply of important agricultural products; second, the function of providing effective ecological barriers, a good eco-environment and high-quality ecological products; third, the function of inheriting the extraordinary traditional Chinese culture.

Originality/value

This paper is the first to systematically summarize the fundamental functions China’s rural areas should perform during the process of rural revitalization.

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Citation

Chen, X. (2020), "The core of China’s rural revitalization: exerting the functions of rural area", China Agricultural Economic Review, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1108/CAER-02-2019-0025

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