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  1. Huge stockpile fails to impress Beijingers living on the breadline

    Posted Mar 29th 2006, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... milestone was of little significance. A Beijing taxi driver refused to talk about it. 'Don't ask me this question. I am still living under the poverty line,' he said. ...

  2. Welfare-averse mindset is morally bankrupt

    Posted Feb 12th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... has come to think more carefully about the fact that more than one in seven live below the poverty line- and thus question why free lunches are so bad. The SAR is sitting on fiscal reserves ... it is a hollow joke for many forced to scrape along on the poverty line? Apparently there is no shame among the ruling elite, who have decided that the poverty problem is best ignored. Yet, Hong Kong ...

  3. Real-life lessons in development

    Posted Mar 13th 2007, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... the change China has brought about has helped reduce poverty. Four hundred million people have been brought out from under the poverty line in China. 'In Pakistan we are struggling with poverty ...

  4. Size doesn't matter

    Posted Nov 21st 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... that the mainland is, in reality, much poorer than expected, with 300 million people living below the poverty line of US$1 a day- rather than 100 million. Hence, it faces severe pollution-control and poverty-reduction problems- and, by extension, is much less of a military threat. But hawks in Washington are unlikely to change their view. So far, there has been no official response from the US. However, ...

  5. An emphasis on peace

    Posted Dec 27th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... lifted out of poverty, more than 135 million still live below the US$1-a-day poverty line. 'Even by the middle of the 21st century, we will only be a mid-level developed country,' he ...

  6. Letters

    Posted Mar 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... HK must return to the spirit of self-reliance Stephen Vines whines about how little the government is doing for the poor in Hong Kong ('Discomfort zone', March 4). He quotes statistics to prove his point, that there are so many people living below the poverty line and he blames the government for not having done enough. However, I believe the government should step back ...

  7. China rising, Japan falling

    Posted Nov 29th 2003, 12:00am by Jean-Pierre Lehman

    ... yet, it is getting less poor. From 1990 to 2000, the number of people living below the absolute poverty line (defined by the World Bank as less than US$1 a day) in all regions of the developing ... and demographic increase, leading to rising poverty. The popular imagination was fed with images conjured up by the works of authors such as Pearl Buck, while more erudite minds could ponder Asia's ...

  8. Rumours of dam-building leave villagers fearing for their future

    Posted Feb 25th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... the internationally recognised poverty line of 924 yuan. Local officials say harnessing the huge power potential of the Nu River is a natural solution to that problem. The Yunnan government and China Huadian, ... are built. But few people want to move, even though many live in poverty. We fear the worst is yet to come.' Tamming a giant While plans for a series of dams along the Nu- the longest undammed ...

  9. Government-speak on GST requires careful decoding

    Posted Jul 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... has reached a sustainable income. Thus a GST will move citizens below the poverty line and companies into insolvency. This isn't robbing the rich to pay the poor; it is robbing from ... the line. As attractive as the GST exemption for essential household items may seem, it will add to the burden of business operators preparing monthly GST reports, and turn what is now a simple ...

  10. The crusaders

    Posted Oct 07th 2007, 12:00am by Jane Moir

    ... where, according to the Asian Development Bank, nearly 32 per cent of families live below the poverty line. It did not stop him from abandoning the gritty world of Philippine politics (Verzola ...




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