rural development

Minitrue: Shandong Village Relocations, Exam Score Theft

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. Notice: From June 28 onward, all...

The Village and the Girl

In a multimedia web production, Carrie Gracie of the BBC has compiled ten years of reporting from...

Making Rural China Urban

China researcher Mi Shih offers her insight on the new approach to rural development launched by the new regime in 2012, called chengzhenhua, or literally “city- and town-ification”. From The China Story: Chinese...

Is the Most Famous Peasant a Dictator?

Wu Renbao, the Party chief of Huaxi Village, died of lung cancer on Monday, stirring up a debate over his dictatorial policies that created one of China’s leading rural economies. From Amy Li at South China Morning Post:...

Return to River Town

Peter Hessler, the former New Yorker correspondent in Beijing, also wrote a best-selling book in 2001, River Town, which documented his two years teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer in a town that was on the verge of...

Xi’s Visit Lifts a Village, But Lays Bare Rural Woes

China’s countryside, where almost half of its population still lives, lags far behind the cities in its level of development. Average incomes are less than a third of their urban counterparts, and economic migration has...

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