By providing affordable meals to the poor and working class and launching a new accommodation facility for women, the City Council is showing how a 21st-century urban center can govern with compassion and empathy. Kochi, the name describes itself.
There has been growing anger in China over a lack of receptivity to concerns being expressed by ordinary citizens about President Xi Jinping’s strict ‘zero covid’ policy. But after ten people were killed when a block of flats in the north-western city of Urumqi in Xinjiang province caught fire last week, this anger has come out into the open with protests in major Chinese cities from Shanghai and Beijing to Xinjiang and Tibet.
Parastatal bodies will continue to manage the affairs of cities even if there is a change in the government.
The 20th Communist Party Congress in China signaled a total centralization of powers in the person of Xi Jinping