A New Starting Point
China's National Bureau of Statistics has disclosed for the first time since 2000 the country's Gini coefficient between 2003 and 2012. Along with China's booming economic development, widening wealth disparities have emerged between different regions and industries, as well as among various groups of the social stratum
What's the Real Income Gap

China's Gini coefficient reached its highest level in 2008, standing at 0.491, but began to drop after that. In 2012, the coefficient reached 0.474.

After the 2008 global financial crisis, local governments at various levels adopted powerful measures to improve people's livelihood, which serves as the major reason for the drop in the country's Gini coefficient from 0.491

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