• CHINA PROMISES TO REMOVE URBAN-RURAL DIVIDE

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    BEIJING: China is to scrap the distinction between its urban and rural household registration systems, it said, promising migrant workers greater social benefits as it pushes an urbanization drive that has seen hundreds of millions of people move to cities. The country will implement a single household registration—or “hukou”—system, said the State Council, or cabinet. The move would address the decades-long divide that denies rural dwellers equal access to services such as healthcare and education if they moved to the cities. But a system of “residence permits” will be introduced and the population of China’s major cities will still be “strictly controlled,” the State Council said in Wednesday’s statement, ruling out automatic benefits for all.

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