Chinese farmers remain marginalized economically – People’s Daily

From People’s Daily:

The National Bureau of Statistics vice director said he was “shocked” by the 10-year gap between the quality of life of urban residents and — the dominant force of China’s gigantic 1.3 billion population.

“Generally speaking, the overall consumption power of the huge farming population still lingers at the early 1990’s stage of their city counterparts. The gulf has yet to be bridged,” Qiu Xiaohua, the bureau’s deputy director said at the ongoing “the 21st Century Forum” being held in Beijing.

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