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  1. Rural poverty drops after 10-year drive

    Posted Nov 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai william.clem@scmp.com Nearly 27 million people remained below the poverty line in rural China at the end of last year after a decade of efforts to alleviate ... water. The official poverty line used for the statistics was set at an annual income of 1,274 yuan last year, up from 865 yuan in 2000, an average annual increase of just under 4 per cent. ...

  2. Reality check that helps nation's poor

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... though, the poverty line has not been adjusted often enough to keep pace with economic growth, depriving needy people of the help they would have received had it been set at a more realistic ... The superlatives over the years from the UN, World Bank and economists to describe China's poverty-fighting successes have been gushing. Among them have been 'enviable', ...

  3. Is a large population a burden to a country?

    Posted Apr 11th 2007, 12:00am by Phoenix Lee, Wong Hei

    ... to China's current economic success. Another question is whether a large proportion of the population in China benefit from economic growth. Many people there live below the poverty line. Foreign ... School Not really. A large population has always been regarded as a root cause of poverty and most of the poorest countries in the world have huge populations. But is it a burden? I don't ...

  4. Business caught in grip of mainland water crisis

    Posted Nov 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... per cent of its agricultural output, and more than half of its industrial production. Another eight provinces, including Guangdong, were near the water poverty line. Hilton said some ... of non-profit group China Water Risk, said. 'Water resources are falling on a yearly basis and increasing scarcity will affect business bottom lines, stifle growth, and threaten social ...

  5. Going for gold (in every event)

    Posted Mar 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Lionel Walsh

    ... But there will be no needless extravagance. 'An economical Games' has become an organisers' objective: they are keenly aware that the country still has many people living below the poverty line ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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, ...

  8. letters

    Posted Mar 02nd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... despite our well-developed economy, about a million workers in Hong Kong are still poorly paid. Many of them live under the poverty line. It is not easy for them to make ends meet, even after ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Digging deeper reveals real mainland economy

    Posted Dec 19th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... is a poorer country. Correcting for PPP merely attempts to disguise that. Nevertheless, PPP does have its uses. It helps economists work out where to draw the poverty line in different countries, ...




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