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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Rural Poverty to be Addressed


FT.com / World / Asia-Pacific:


"Wen Jiabao, China's premier, promised to eliminate agricultural taxes and rein in over-investment as part of a new push by the central government to reduce yawning income and geographical disparities in favour of more balanced economic growth."

The disparity in incomes between the Urban and rural sectors has been a striking characteristic of China's phenomenal growth and was sowing the seeds of discontent among rural China's.

The Uygur people in rural areas of Xinjiang have been hit hard by this disparity and any measures to address the situation can only be of benefit.