China’s move to protect Beijing’s inner city is a bit late, but still worth welcoming

China’s latest plans for Beijing’s inner city are a bit late after decades of demolition and bulldozing in the heart of the ancient municipality, but they also bring hope that the moves could mark a turning point in the country’s urban development.The urban area surrounding the Forbidden City has witnessed great changes since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949, as municipal and national leaders have exerted their political will and preferences on the city’s appearance. And in turn,…

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