The seeds of rural discontent

There is a Chinese saying that officials use to defuse criticism of corruption and mismanagement: 'Eating meat while holding a bowl, but cursing as soon as the bowl is put down.' The meat is a metaphor for the people's vastly improved diet after China's economic reform

Friday, 10 February, 2006, 12:00am

Uprooted peasants' protests against Three Gorges officials 'becoming increasingly militant'

Organised resistance among peasants protesting against corruption by government officials in charge of the Three Gorges Dam resettlement project is increasing and residents have repeatedly clashed with police in recent months, peasant representatives say.

29 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Income gap persists as countryside falls behind

THE gap in living standards between urban and rural areas has cast a shadow over optimistic figures on the income of town-dwellers released by the semi-official Hong Kong China News Service.

Observers in Hong Kong said the problems of farmers were far more serious than they were made to appear.

14 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Yuppies' idyllic retreat in rustic mountain villages

FOR the past 200 years, the mountains 100 kilometres to the east of Beijing have been home to several small communities of peasants who eked out a living by growing fruit trees and raising goats on the barren hillsides.

9 May 1994 - 12:00am

Cash demand for peasants

THE Communist Party's leading mouthpiece, the People's Daily, has renewed its call to boost the incomes of peasants, who are facing increasing hardship as China moves from a planned to a market economy.

9 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Four-part plan to boost rural growth

CHINA plans sweeping changes in more than 2,800 counties across the nation to try to boost rural development, according to official reports.

Xinhua (the New China News Agency) yesterday reported that China's county-level reform would focus on four major tasks ''over a period of time''.

2 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Wave of protest expected

MORE than 170 anti-Government disturbances have taken place in the Chinese countryside since late last year, according to mainland sources.

While all the protests have been put down, the authorities are bracing themselves for a deterioration of the situation as the national financial crisis worsens.

26 Jun 1993 - 12:00am