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Letters to the Editor, May 13, 2013

Angela Merkel's austerity measures are right. Photo: AFP

Thousands turned out for May day marches on May 1, because so many workers in Hong Kong believe they are being poorly treated.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 1:52am 4 comments

China's left-behind kids cloud the country's dream

China's left-behind kids cloud the country's dream

China can dream about grandeur and resurgence, but here are some new statistics that will pull her down. In her own backyard, among her vast rural poor in the countryside, many young children have no internet service, extra-curricular books and basic child-support services. Many have to trek for hours every day to attend poorly equipped schools with classes of up to 70 pupils.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am

Xi Jinping visits poor in Hebei province and tells of goal to lift millions out of hardship

Xi Jinping with villagers during his visit. Photo: SCMP

Party chief Xi Jinping said lifting tens of millions of people out of poverty remains the biggest challenge for the new leadership in its bid to build a moderately prosperous society by 2020, state media reported.

Xi made the remarks during a visit to Luotuowan village and Gujiatai village in Baoding, Hebei province yesterday.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am

Fingers point, but little children are still dying

A school bus and a truck collided in a traffic accident Yulinzi township. Such accidents involving rural children in overloaded, modified vans are common because there is a lack of safe school buses. Photo: Reuters

Fifteen kindergarten pupils in rural Guixi, Jiangxi province, crammed into a van designed for seven, plunged into the cold waters of a roadside pond on Christmas Eve because their driver, who owned their unauthorised kindergarten and who had only been driving for a year, lost control of the vehicle. Eleven children died.

30 Dec 2012 - 5:42am

Wealth gap to be cut, Han Changfu tells Central Rural Work Conference

Beijing will look to boost farmers' income, protect their land rights and seek more equitable treatment for migrant workers in cities.

Beijing will look to boost farmers' income, protect their land rights and seek more equitable treatment for migrant workers in cities, reports from the annual rural work conference said yesterday.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

Party's first policy plan to focus on rural issues, say experts

Party's first policy plan to focus on rural issues, say experts

The Communist Party's first policy blueprint next year will continue to focus on rural issues, with priority likely to be given to diversifying patterns of agricultural production to encourage more specialised, large-scale farming, experts said.

21 Dec 2012 - 11:42am

Microcredit schemes struggling to aid China's rural poor

Zhang Xiulan with her pigs in Yixian county, Hebei. Loans from microcredit provider Project Happiness helped her expand to 300 animals within two years. Photo: Josephine Ma

The first investments by a long-awaited fund dedicated to helping the poor through financial services has helped shed light on the huge hurdles still facing microcredit organisations in rural China.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:30am

Gansu province 'beautifies' its roadways by walling in rural villages

Walls separating the main road from Zhang county's villages. Photo: Screenshot from People's Daily

Rural poverty in China’s northwest is anything but a new topic. But those who want to see it for themselves may find it increasingly hard as the government ramps up efforts to conceal it – literally.

3 Dec 2012 - 6:56pm 1 comment

The reality of 'new socialist countryside'

It's impossible to miss the huge billboard at the modest entrance of Shashi, a village on the outskirts of Ganzhou .

15 May 2008 - 12:00am

Spreading the news

The son of a peasant from a southern Guangdong village, Chen Yong's aspiration as a university student was to become a scientist to advance the genetic quality of crops and improve the lot of farmers.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

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 reforms, and it is a dig at the insatiable appetite for more economic benefits.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Sowing seeds of development

China's rapid growth over the past two decades has led to a dramatic transformation of its landscape. As towns and cities expand their boundaries and highways are built across the country, more and more farmland has been reclaimed and covered with concrete.

For different farmers whose land was taken away from them, development meant different things.

2 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Reform yields meagre harvest

FOUR YEARS ON, the hopes invested in Premier Zhu Rongji have soured, especially in the countryside.

Mr Zhu looked tired and defeated while he read out his government work report which put the welfare of China's rural poor at the top of the agenda. This time delegates at the National People's Congress only responded with polite clapping.

9 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Inheriting the earth

HAO Liuping's day begins at 4 am when she starts farming her patch of land in Yixian county, a picturesque valley filled with the tombs of the Qing dynasty. At noon she returns to her one-storey brick house where she cooks and cleans for her family until dusk.

14 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Rural cadres judged useless

MORE than half of the Communist Party leaders in the countryside are incompetent, and a large number totally useless, the semi-official Hong Kong China News Agency claimed yesterday.

They are contributing to rising crime and other social problems across the country, the report said.

7 Oct 1994 - 12:00am