The Chinese Ministry of Construction has called
for more governmental efforts to guide house prices when developing small and
medium-sized houses for residential need.
The government should set limits on house sizes and prices when picking
developers in public bidding for those housing projects, said Minister of
Construction Wang Guangtao recently.
"We have learnt from past experience
that we can't solve the problem of social injustice by only relying on the
market mechanism in housing, which is a basic human right and social guarantee,"
Official statistics showed that the average price of
newly-built commercial residential houses in 70 large- and medium-sized Chinese
cities gained 6.1 percent year on year last month, with the southern metropolis
Shenzhen recording the highest growth of 10.2 percent.
The ministry has
committed itself to extending the low-rent housing system to cover all cities
and counties by the end of this year.
The supply of low-priced affordable houses will be improved and regulated to
benefit low-income families, said Wang.
China has 1.56 million urban families with no access to adequate affordable
housing, most of whom still live in overcrowded and dilapidated homes, according
to a report released by the China Society for Urban Studies.