Since its entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, China has made
many significant reforms with at least 40 new laws and regulations to facilitate
the flow of inward investment, private sector development and improved government
efficiency. China has also made significant developments towards achieving the
Millennium development goals. In the reform process, the government has a poverty
reduction strategy (2001-2010) focused on the poorest of the poor.
Nanjing is a city with a long history and a rich culture. It is also an economically
important city in the eastern part of China. It currently has a population of
over six million, but the rate of urbanization is high. Since the 1980s, when
many new urban construction projects were initiated, Nanjing has implemented
several integrated projects to reduce water pollution. The city has received
support from the governments of France and Spain to achieve these impressive
results. The river beautification schemes have resulted in the city being honoured
with a prize from the State Planning Commission.