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  1. Factory shake-up bid to close income gap

    Posted Mar 27th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... the urban-rural income gap. Mayor Wang Hongju said the municipality- which has been administered directly by the central government since it was separated from Sichuan province- was trying to modernise ... the mandate to revitalise the economies of neighbouring inland provinces, but it must also face the considerable challenge of narrowing its income gap. Mr Wang said the restructuring of state ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/542121/factory-shake-bid-close-income-gap
  2. Ms Qiao reflects a widening social divide

    Posted Jul 11th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Qiao, a 44-year-old from Hebei, works nine hours a day for a monthly income of 625 yuan. But before she can lay a hand on the money, she has to pay 50 yuan for her winter uniform, 25 yuan ... fails to work for the company for six months. The stark contrast of the harsh conditions of low-income earners such as Ms Qiao, who are the majority of the people, and the middle and high income ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/556209/ms-qiao-reflects-widening-social-divide
  3. 60b yuan left off budget books, audit office finds

    Posted Jul 19th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... of income for many provincial governments, prompting massive land acquisitions that open the door to corruption and embezzlement of public funds for local officials. A random survey of the accounts of 10 provincial governments, 23 city governments and 41 county governments found that a total of 84.8 billion yuan of non-taxation income had not been recorded in their budgets, the office ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/687259/60b-yuan-left-budget-books-audit-office-finds
  4. Beijing to increase farm investment

    Posted Dec 09th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Officials consider reforms to raise rural incomes while boosting grain production The mainland has promised more investment to boost grain production and is considering measures to narrow the rural-urban divide and maintain steady growth in farmers' incomes, according to two top policymakers. 'To guarantee steady growth in farmers' income ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/481410/beijing-increase-farm-investment
  5. Rural pay more important than GDP growth

    Posted Feb 10th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... farmers' incomes, rather than by how fast GDP grows or how many grand infrastructure projects they launch. Increasing the wealth of peasant farmers is to be made a priority, with a record 150 ... but whether these can bring about sustainable growth of farmers' income and continuously improve their material, cultural and living standards.' He said the central government would pump ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/444004/rural-pay-more-important-gdp-growth
  6. Beijing to issue farmers land-use rights certificates

    Posted Nov 05th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... it and getting no income from it. Mr Huang would not disclose when the certificates would be issued. He said the government had set a target to double the disposable incomes of farmers by 2020; it hopes to boost farmers' annual income from about 4,000 yuan (HK$4,550) currently to 10,000 yuan, taking inflation into account. To increase loans to farmers, the policy blueprint also stipulates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658957/beijing-issue-farmers-land-use-rights-certificates
  7. 850b yuan plan to make health care affordable

    Posted Jan 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... they aim to reform hospital management and operation, the hospital supervision system, and how hospitals can receive funding and generate income. Health Minister Chen Zhu said earlier that the government would scrap the 15 per cent surcharge on medicines, which hospitals had been allowed to impose, so that the public can afford it. But how to compensate the loss in income and meet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/667804/850b-yuan-plan-make-health-care-affordable
  8. Rural tensions still threaten stability: adviser

    Posted Feb 01st 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... pleased last year because of the increase in grain output and income. Their financial burden was also relieved.' He attributed the increased income to good weather, good grain prices and correct policies, noting that they had assuaged farmers' grievances. 'If we continue to have policies which can raise farmers' income directly, farmers will have more incentives ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/487815/rural-tensions-still-threaten-stability-adviser
  9. Wealth gap fuelling instability, studies warn

    Posted Dec 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... trend. The Gini coefficient, an indicator of income disparities, reached 0.53 last year, far higher than a dangerous level of 0.4. Social scientist Zhu Qingfang, in one of the articles, says 60 ... rich-poor disparity has led to the intensification of social disputes, mass protests, and criminal cases,' she wrote. The study found that although the net income of farmers grew by 6 per cent, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/530224
  10. Drop in budget deficit predicted

    Posted Mar 05th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Plan for big increase in spending on rural population in bid to ease income disparity The central government is forecasting its budget deficit will drop this year ... for a big increase in spending on the rural population as part of efforts to ease tensions caused by the widening urban-rural income gap. A 300 billion yuan budget deficit was forecast last year. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/539104/drop-budget-deficit-predicted

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