Income Gap Widening Between Rural, Urban Areas In China – AFP

From AFP:

The income gap between rural and urban areas is widening in China, government data published Friday showed, despite years of efforts from the top echelons of government to bridge the divide.

Last year, the average Chinese city dweller earned 3.28 times as much as his fellow citizen in the countryside, up from 3.21 times in 2004, according to figures published on the agriculture ministry’s website.

“Although ’ income has been growing quite fast in recent years, the pace is still slower than the growth rate of urban residents’ income,” Vice Minister of Agriculture Ying Chengjie said in comments on the website. [Full Text]

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