Rural incomes have been in decline since 2014, falling by another 20 per cent in the first half of 2019, says analyst Ma Wenfeng. Photo: Zoe Chen

China’s countryside ‘returning to poverty’ as lack of reforms help fuel urban-rural divide

  • China's rural economy is at the heart of national policy, but the income gap between the country’s villages and cities is widening
  • Experts say the government needs to kick start much-needed reforms of the rural pension system and land rights, with US trade war increasing pressure
Topic |   Xi Jinping’s poverty alleviation campaign
Rural incomes have been in decline since 2014, falling by another 20 per cent in the first half of 2019, says analyst Ma Wenfeng. Photo: Zoe Chen
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