05 Aug '11, 10am

Rural social stability key to China's success

Rural social stability key to China's success

YUNNAN: China has often placed a premium on maintaining stability in its rural areas. But mounting reports of rural unrest has sparked concern among policymakers and analysts in the country. At a remote village in China's southwestern Yunnan province, the harsh living condition has remained constant, and water shortage is an ongoing dilemma. Apart from growing simple crops, villagers pick peppercorns to supplement their meagre income. Most able-bodied villagers have gone elsewhere in search of jobs, and only women, children and the elderly are left behind. "We don't earn much money, maybe about US$200 a year. Apart from peppercorns, we also raise chickens. We have to be thrifty," said Long Xiufeng, a villager. Farmer Yang Fudong hopes for the day when he will have better access to healthcare and greater support in growing higher yielding crops. He said: "I've been living h...

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