Rural Poor Passed Over by China’s Economic Growth

This report is from VOA: “Despite China’s staggering economic growth, the number of Chinese poor is on the rise. Beijing is promising relief as frustrated peasants demand a share of the country’s newfound prosperity.

The number of Chinese living in abject poverty surged by roughly 800,000 last year.

The government’s poverty task force disclosed last month that the gap between the middle classes in the cities and the impoverished peasants in the countryside is increasing.

This was the first time in more than 25 years that China lost ground in its struggle to reduce poverty.”

August 9, 2004 10:57 AM
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Categories: The Great Divide