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Picture (Go West Project): Danwei in Lanzhou

The gap between coastal China and the hinterland is still big, as this recent article in South China Morning Post describes. An index, developed by researchers of Beijing Normal University shows the increasing differences:

While Beijing and the eastern affluent province of Jiangsu ranked first and fourth with 0.739 and 0.524 respectively, Guizhou finished at the bottom with 0.2. The maximum possible score is one.

The growing differences not only appear between East and West, but also between rich and poor, and between rural and urban China. Professor Niu Fengrui , of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Urban Development and Environment:

narrowing the income gap was a key target for improving people’s overall well-being, “but loud thunder has induced few raindrops in the reform of income distribution in recent years”.

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