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China denies plans for a megalopolis

Authorities in southern China's Guangdong province have denied plans to unite nine towns to create the world's biggest city in the Pearl River delta, state media reported today.

world Updated: Jan 29, 2011 13:06 IST

Authorities in southern China's Guangdong province have denied plans to unite nine towns to create the world's biggest city in the Pearl River delta, state media reported on Saturday.

"The reports were totally false. There is no such plan," Guo Yuewen, spokesman for the Communist party's provincial committee, was quoted as saying by the official China Daily.

Media reports had talked about a project to unite nine urban areas -- including both Guangzhou and Shenzhen -- into a megalopolis with a population of 42 million, according to the China Daily.

The Pearl River delta was one of the first Chinese regions to open up to foreign business in the 1980s and is now among its richest, a giant manufacturing hub that produces around 10% of the country's GDP.