China aims for target of 6 million public homes in 2014

China aims to start building at least 6 million units of public housing next year, state media said on Saturday, reinforcing a government effort to supply more low-cost homes to counter record property prices. But next year’s target is lower than the 2013 objective, even though China built more public homes this year than it had planned, Xinhua said, citing the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. Large-scale construction of public homes in China not only supports growth in the world’s second-largest economy, it also helps to quell discontent over soaring house prices. Yet some have in the past criticized China’s public homes – also known as affordable housing – as being ineffective because they say good apartments are set aside for officials, leaving poorly built ones for the public.


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