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  1. Urban-rural divide to narrow this year

    Posted Apr 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com The income gap between the mainland's rural and urban residents is expected to continue narrowing slightly this year after reaching its widest point in recent years, a government think tank said yesterday. The urban-to-rural income ratio, which reached a record high of 3.33 to 1 in both 2007 and 2009, should drop to 3-1 this year, according ...

  2. Urban women lead China consumer force

    Posted Dec 06th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Natalie Chiu Middle-class ladies among the most dynamic top spenders and investors, survey shows Urban modern mainland women are among the most dynamic drivers of the country's fast-growing consumer market, an HSBC survey shows. Conducted from February to May on 1,736 respondents in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, the survey found modern women- defined as urban dwellers aged ...

  3. Comment - Blogs

    More property buying tips in China

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 01:08pm by Anna Healy Fenton

    ... landscaping and services and management.   Land Policy Dillon, author of property buyer's guide Landed China, reminded me that all urban land is owned by the state in China and all rural land ... converts farmland to urban use, all kinds of exotic problems arise. Typically, farmer sells land use rights to collective, which in turn sells them to developers- but individual farmers cannot sell ...

  4. Dawn of the new Chinese tradition

    Posted Sep 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the background reveal hundreds of small black-and-white photos portraying urban angst- tired migrant workers, prostitutes, decaying buildings. Qin and Xue would like to create a new Chinese aesthetic. ... at Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts, fits into the show by combing contemporary urban scenes with classical Chinese elements. His silkscreen canvases, all of them named Mirage, depict Beijing ...

  5. Shades of grey

    Posted Jul 04th 2007, 12:00am by Steven Xu

    ... in terms of Chinese society's apparent moral decay and lawlessness. Presumably that is what made the China-watcher alter his outlook on the country's prospects. But how many people know ... politic. As for the rural masses, who are for the most part the victims of the country's scandals, they are even less capable of initiating systemic reform than their urban compatriots. ...

  6. More friction to come as export machine races ahead

    Posted Oct 10th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... is probably the most important justification by China's leadership for the surplus, as mass urban unemployment could cause its downfall. China needs GDP growth of between 7 and 8 per cent ... currency and unfair competition, Beijing sees vulnerability to global commodity prices, fragile banks, decaying state firms and social instability, all of which are held at bay by the large ...

  7. News - China

    Street protest after Anhui police bust pyramid scheme

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 05:16pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... fearing the loss of their investment. For three hours, some 300 people blocked a road and shouted insults at policemen and urban management officials who arrived to open the road, the Southern ... within two years. The initial investment equals almost three times the average income of an urban resident in the city and more than seven times that of a rural resident. The initiation rites ...

  8. News - China - GOVERNANCE

    Xi Jinping warns corruption threatens party's rule

    Posted Nov 20th 2012, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... people," Xi said, without specifying names. Xi likened graft to "worms that can breed only in decaying matter" - an old Chinese phrase meaning "ruin befalls those who are weak". ...

  9. News - China

    China punishes North Korea for nuclear tests

    Posted Mar 23rd 2013, 03:02pm

    ... decay. Such was the Chinese support that US politicians and UN experts complained that Beijing was failing to enforce previous rounds of sanctions, particularly on luxury goods. The $169,000 ...

  10. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Urbanisation drive raises new worries

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... for them to eventually enjoy more of the benefits of health care and education that their urban counterparts can access. Analysts also raised concern that Li's urbanisation plan might ... of focusing on building highways and bridges that have already attracted excessive investment, local authorities should think more about adding underdeveloped urban facilities such as light rail, ...




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