A woman from Hunan in traditional Bai clothing selling locally-grown fragrant rice on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok. Photo: Luna Sun
A woman from Hunan in traditional Bai clothing selling locally-grown fragrant rice on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok. Photo: Luna Sun

China’s fight against extreme poverty may be over, but a stark urban-rural divide lingers

  • Since Beijing declared the end of extreme poverty in 2021, the government has placed greater emphasis on revitalising rural areas
  • But success has been uneven, with many undeveloped regions struggling to find a niche and still dependent on small-scale farming

A woman from Hunan in traditional Bai clothing selling locally-grown fragrant rice on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok. Photo: Luna Sun
A woman from Hunan in traditional Bai clothing selling locally-grown fragrant rice on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok. Photo: Luna Sun
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