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Q: It is an undeniable fact that the income of Chinese farmers has not increased in par with urban people. And the income gap between rural and urban areas has been widening. What are the difficulties in increasing farmers' income? What measures will the government adopt to increase farmers' income, so as to narrow the gap?
Q: China's agriculture and rural reform are now at a new stage of development. What are the main features of the stage? What is the focus of the current round of rural reforms?
Q: How much does the central government allocate its annual budgetary expenditure to agriculture and to what areas? What is the goal of the current tax reform in rural areas?
Q: China artificially divides its people into urban population and rural population, resulting in inequalities social and economic status. What are the reasons for such a division? What will the government do to solve the issue, so as to eradicate discrepancies between urban and rural areas and to promote a more coordinated development of the two?
Q: With rapid development of china's national economy, the contradiction between land requirements for economic construction projects and farmland has become increasingly serious. Land acquisitions have the tendency of getting out of control in some rural areas, and cases of illegal acquisition and infringement upon farmers' rights and interests have been on the rise. What will the Chinese Government do to stop illegal acquisition and to better protect the legal rights and interests of farmers?
Q: In the 1990s, Lester R. Brown, head of the US Worldwatch Institute, released a report titled "Who Will Feed China?" The report created a tremendous stir in the world and aroused people's concern on China's grain security. Could China produce enough grain to satisfy the needs of its 1.3 billion people?
Q: What is the structure of the household contract responsibility system? What changes has the system brought to China's rural areas?
Q: In the 1950s, China adopted the "people's commune system" in its rural areas in a socialist campaign. However, it has been phased out since 1978 when rural reforms were implemented. Does this indicate that China no longer sticks to socialist road?
Q: After experiencing a decade-long turmoil of the "Cultural Revolution," China had to start all over again with its economy. When China initiated its economic reforms in 1978, why did the country first start the reforms in rural areas? What were the considerations at that time?
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