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
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

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
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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