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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Xinhua, the Chinese government news bureau, reports on progress in narrowing the rural-urban income gap. Are the figures reliable?

Rural residents' incomes grow faster than urbanites: green book
Incomes for rural Chinese grew faster than those of their urban counterparts for the last three years, according to a green book published Wednesday by Social Sciences Academic Press.

Wages for rural residents jumped 16.3 percent year on year last year, helping to boost incomes, as the number of farmer-turned workers and their month salary continued to grow, according to the green book.

Rural residents earned 7,917 yuan (about 1278.6 U.S. dollars) in per capita net income in 2012, marking a 13.5-percent increase compared with 2011.

Rural residents' per capita expenditures on food reached 2,324 yuan last year, up 10.3 percent year on year.

[The] Chinese Academy of Social Sciences… released… the "Green Book of Rural Area: Analysis and Forecast on China's Rural Economy (2012-2013)" in Beijing, capital of China, April 10, 2013.

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