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Technology will transform China's rural areas

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


Rural digitalisation in China.


There has been a major shift in the focus of China’s economic development policy from urbanisation to the countryside, where more than 40% of the population still live. Policymakers highlight digitalisation and e-commerce as key tools of rural modernisation.


  • National and local policy initiatives will lead the expansion of rural digitalisation, but market forces will incentivise farmers.
  • Urbanites will benefit from the rising incomes of their rural counterparts, as a more prosperous countryside creates market opportunities.
  • Agricultural automation and online health services could transform rural life, but are still in the early stages.

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