The Finance Strategic Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences today released the ”2012 China Urban Competitiveness Report”, in term of the ranking of Top Harmonious Cities, second and third tier small and medium-sized cities obtained a higher level of social harmony while traditional major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou had not been included in the top 10 ranking.
The rankings showed that except Hong Kong and Macau, the top 10 China harmonious cities in 2012 in mainland were: Jinan, Xi’an, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Weihai, Dalian, Xiamen and Ningbo.
The paper pointed out that the building of fair and harmonious cities faced huge problems:
The city governments’ administrative transparency as a whole was not high;
Some local governments’ credibility and the quality of public services was low;
Regional differences in government expenditure on public services;
Differentiated treatment received by local residents and non-local residents.