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China's Wealth Gap - 05 Sep 2013
Many analysts believe China's growth will be nearer 5 percent than 10 by the end of this decade without far-reaching economic reform -- a worry for a government that has pledged to double household income over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. About 13 percent of China's 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day according to the United Nations Development Programme
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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a man carrying family members as passengers on his electric tricycle...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a man carrying family members as passengers on his electric tricycle cart...
A combination photograph shows (L) a man carrying family members as passengers on his electric tricycle cart in Beijing on June 6, 2013 and (R) visitors look around Rolls-Royce's vintage car during the Rolls-Royce's Concours d'Elegance event for celebrating its ten years business in China, June 28, 2013. China has become a crucial market for makers of luxury cars, with 2.7 million expected to be sold there each year by 2020, overtaking the United States as the world's leader in the segment. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on June 6, 2013 (L) and June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) residents of an area for migrant workers watching a travelling circus...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows residents of an area for migrant workers watching a travelling circus...
A combination photograph shows (L) residents of an area for migrant workers watching a travelling circus troupe holding a show in their town in Beijing on July 17, 2013 and (R) celebrities and invitees attending a reception prior to a fashion show which was held at the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park in Beijing on June 21, 2013. Still officially Communist, China has witnessed a growing disparity between the prosperous cities and the impoverished countryside since the early 1990s, while lower-income city residents have been left out of a property boom that enriched many since the housing market debuted in the late 1990s. China has 2.7 million U.S. dollar millionaires and 251 billionaires, according to the Hurun Report, but 13 percent of its people live on less than $1.25 per day according to United Nations data. The average annual urban disposable income is just 21,810 yuan ($3,500). China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken July 17, 2013 (L) and June 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)


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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a female farmer's barefoot which is covered with mud during her farm...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a female farmer's barefoot which is covered with mud during her farm work...
A combination photograph shows (L) a female farmer's barefoot which is covered with mud during her farm work in Langfang, Hebei province, about 80 km (50 miles) from Beijing on May 24, 2013 and (R) women wearing high heels during a photo session for celebrity invitees prior to a fashion show in Beijing June 21, 2013. Still officially Communist, China has witnessed a growing disparity between the prosperous cities and the impoverished countryside since the early 1990s, while lower-income city residents have been left out of a property boom that enriched many since the housing market debuted in the late 1990s. China has 2.7 million U.S. dollar millionaires and 251 billionaires, according to the Hurun Report, but 13 percent of its people live on less than $1.25 per day according to United Nations data. The average annual urban disposable income is just 21,810 yuan ($3,500). China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on May 24 (L) and June 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)
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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) residents gambling under streetlights in a alley at a residential...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows residents gambling under streetlights in a alley at a residential area...
A combination photograph shows (L) residents gambling under streetlights in a alley at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing July 16, 2013 and (R) guests drinking Champagne as they wait for the start of a fashion show at a reception held at the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park in Beijing June 21, 2013. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on July 16 (L) and June 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a store district at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing...
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A combination photograph shows a store district at a residential area for migrant workers and luxury...
A combination photograph shows (L) a store district at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing July 16, 2013 and (R) luxury brands shops at a shopping complex in Sanlitun, which is known as a fashion centre of shopping, food, arts and bar culture in Beijing July 16, 2013. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) sex toys at a sex shop in a residential area for migrant workers in...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows sex toys at a sex shop in a residential area for migrant workers and sex...
A combination photograph shows (L) sex toys at a sex shop in a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing July 17, 2013 and (R) sex shops with neon signs at a wealthy district in Beijing May 6, 2013. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on July 17 (L) and May 6, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a female farmer taking a nap in a field during a break in Langfang,...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a female farmer taking a nap in a field during a break in Langfang, Hebei...
A combination photograph shows (L) a female farmer taking a nap in a field during a break in Langfang, Hebei province, about 80 km from Beijing, May 24, 2013 and (R ) staff demonstrating their full body massage treatment at a spa during a photo opportunity in Beijing July 12, 2013. In the spa which is known as one of the most luxurious spas in Beijing, the full body massage treatment in a private room with a bathtub is 2, 300 RMB (about $375) per 1.5 hour. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on May 24 (L) and July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a dog rummaging for food in a garbage can at a residential area for...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a dog rummaging for food in a garbage can at a residential area for migrant...
A combination photograph shows (L) a dog rummaging for food in a garbage can at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing June 20, 2013 and (R) a woman wearing a fur coat holding her pet dog at a book store inside an airport in Beijing February 21, 2013. In the marquee cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, a growing nouveau-riche class even sees pets -- particularly dogs -- as fashion items, outfitting them in designer clothing, paying for spa treatments and dyeing their fur unnatural colors. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on June 20 (L) and February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)


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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a public toilet in a half-demolished old town where new skyscrapers...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a public toilet in a half-demolished old town where new skyscrapers will...
A combination photograph shows (L) a public toilet in a half-demolished old town where new skyscrapers will be built in Beijing February 21, 2013 and (R) a boy using a toilet inside a department store at a shopping district in Beijing April 2, 2013. Cheap but crowded neighbourhoods are being cleared across China as part of a stepped-up "urbanisation" campaign by China's new leaders. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on February 21 (L) and April 2, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) mannequins at a shop selling wool jacket at a market street at a residential...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows mannequins at a shop selling wool jacket at a market street at a residential...
A combination photograph shows (L) mannequins at a shop selling wool jacket at a market street at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing March 20, 2013 and (R) a clerk putting a shoes on a foot of a mannequin at a shopping mall selling luxury foreign brands in Beijing February 20, 2013. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on March 20 (L) and February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a family walking past a street vendor selling women's clothes on...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a family walking past a street vendor selling women's clothes on a market...
A combination photograph shows (L) a family walking past a street vendor selling women's clothes on a market street at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing June 20, 2013 and (R) a woman paying her bill after purchasing a fashion accessory at a foreign luxury brand's boutique in Beijing May 21, 2013. Chinese shoppers account for one-fourth of all luxury purchases globally and last year surpassed U.S. consumers to become the world's top spenders on luxury goods, according to consulting firm Bain & Co. Many analysts believe China's growth will be nearer 5 percent than 10 by the end of this decade without far-reaching economic reform -- a worry for a government that has pledged to double household income over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. About 13 percent of China's 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day according to the United Nations Development. Pictures taken on June 20, 2013 (L) and May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a man eating his dinner as he watches his neighbours gambling in a...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a man eating his dinner as watches his neighbours gambling in a alley...
A combination photograph shows (L) a man eating his dinner as he watches his neighbours gambling in a alley at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing July 20, 2013 and (R) a bartender holding Champagne glasses for the invitees during a reception prior to the fashion show which was held at at the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park in Beijing June 21, 2013. China has 2.7 million U.S. dollar millionaires and 251 billionaires, according to the Hurun Report, but 13 percent of its people live on less than $1.25 per day according to United Nations data. The average annual urban disposable income is just 21,810 yuan ($3,500). China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on July 20 (L) and June 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) families having a dinner at a restaurant at a residential area for...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows families having a dinner at a restaurant at a residential area for migrant...
A combination photograph shows (L) families having a dinner at a restaurant at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing July 16, 2013 and (R) men drinking coffee and beverage at a restaurant in a five star hotel in Beijing April 25, 2013. Still officially Communist, China has witnessed a growing disparity between the prosperous cities and the impoverished countryside since the early 1990s, while lower-income city residents have been left out of a property boom that enriched many since the housing market debuted in the late 1990s. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on July 16, 2013 (L) and April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a garbage collector rummaging trash cans in order to find recyclable...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a garbage collector searching trash cans to find recyclable garbage at...
A combination photograph shows (L) a garbage collector rummaging trash cans in order to find recyclable garbage at a residential area for migrant workers and (R) a worker cleaning trash cans after emptying the trash bins at a shopping mall in Beijing May 20, 2013. Still officially Communist, China has witnessed a growing disparity between the prosperous cities and the impoverished countryside since the early 1990s, while lower-income city residents have been left out of a property boom that enriched many since the housing market debuted in the late 1990s. China has 2.7 million U.S. dollar millionaires and 251 billionaires, according to the Hurun Report, but 13 percent of its people live on less than $1.25 per day according to United Nations data. The average annual urban disposable income is just 21,810 yuan ($3,500). China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a man sitting on a wheelchair is seen in front of his house at a residential...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a man sitting on a wheelchair in front of his house at a residential area...
A combination photograph shows (L) a man sitting on a wheelchair is seen in front of his house at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing February 25, 2013 and (R) a resident of the Beijing First Social Welfare Institution affiliated nursery home posing at her bedroom in the nursery home in Beijing March 1, 2013. The nursing home in R is one of the prestigious care centres for the elderly in China and accommodates about 1,000 seniors. China's elderly population will hit 360 million by 2030, from about 200 million in 2013. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on February 25, 2013 (L) and March 1, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a vendor selling wooden baskets and brooms on a market street at an...
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A combination photograph shows a vendor selling wooden baskets and brooms on a market street at an half...
A combination photograph shows (L) a vendor selling wooden baskets and brooms on a market street at an half demolished old residential area which new skyscrapers will be built in Beijing on February 14, 2013 and (R) a man stands next to plastic goods at a supermarket nearby a newly built residential complexes in Beijing on February 25, 2013. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on February 14 (L) and February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a boy standing at his house while his parents are away for their work...
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A combination photograph shows a boy standing at his house at a residential area for migrant workers...
A combination photograph shows (L) a boy standing at his house while his parents are away for their work at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing on June 20, 2013 and (R) a child playing in a ball pit at an indoor playground for children at a wealthy district in Beijing on March 31, 2013. The entry fee for this indoor playground in R is RMB 50 per child for three hours. For two decades, Chinese local governments have been able to ignore the problem of housing migrants, thanks to the makeshift villages and other arrangements that accommodate about 40 percent of migrants. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report.Pictures taken June 20 (L) and March 31, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a man making noodle with dough at his makeshift restaurant at a market...
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A combination photograph shows a man making noodle with dough at his makeshift restaurant at a market...
A combination photograph shows (L) a man making noodle with dough at his makeshift restaurant at a market street of a half-destroyed old residential area which a new skyscrapers will be built and (R) chiefs cooking a meal at a restaurant inside a shopping mall in a wealthy district in Beijing February 25, 2013. China has 2.7 million U.S. dollar millionaires and 251 billionaires, according to the Hurun Report, but 13 percent of its people live on less than $1.25 per day according to United Nations data. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) men eating their lunch on a street after buying the dish from a street...
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A combination photograph shows men eating their lunch on a street after buying the dish from a street...
A combination photograph shows (L) men eating their lunch on a street after buying the dish from a street vendor in Beijing May 9, 2013 and (R) people having a dinner at a fine restaurant in Beijing February 21, 2013. The price of one plate of meal (L) with rice and several side dishes from the street vendor is 10 RMB (about $1.6). The price of dish of abalone and shark's fin in the restaurant (R ) is 488 RMB (about $80) and 368 RMB (about $60). China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on May 9, 2013 and February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a street vendor selling stems of garlic at a market in a half-demolished...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a street vendor selling stems of garlic at a market in a half-demolished...
A combination photograph shows (L) a street vendor selling stems of garlic at a market in a half-demolished old residential site where new and luxury skyscrapers will be built in Beijing February 25, 2013 and (R) a clerk arranging vegetables in a fridge at a super market at a wealthy district in Beijing March 3, 2013. Still officially Communist, China has witnessed a growing disparity between the prosperous cities and the impoverished countryside since the early 1990s, while lower-income city residents have been left out of a property boom that enriched many since the housing market debuted in the late 1990s. China has 2.7 million U.S. dollar millionaires and 251 billionaires, according to the Hurun Report, but 13 percent of its people live on less than $1.25 per day according to United Nations data. The average annual urban disposable income is just 21,810 yuan ($3,500). China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on February 25, 2013 (L) and March 3, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) people wearing rain coats riding bicycles and motorbike and (R) a...
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A combination photograph shows people wearing rain coats riding bicycles and motorbike and a Porsche...
A combination photograph shows (L) people wearing rain coats riding bicycles and motorbike and (R) a Porsche in a parking lot of a shopping mall in the rain in Beijing June 5, 2013. China has become a crucial market for makers of luxury cars, with 2.7 million expected to be sold there each year by 2020, overtaking the United States as the world's leader in the segment. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) a girl washing her hair with water on a wash basin at a residential...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a girl washing her hair with water at a residential area for migrant workers...
A combination photograph shows (L) a girl washing her hair with water on a wash basin at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing June 20, 2013 and (R) French hair dresser Eric Constantino washing his staff's hair during a demonstration at a photo opportunity at his shop Eric Paris in Beijing April 24, 2013. Most houses in the migrant workers' village don't have private bath rooms and toilets. Eric Paris (R ) is known as one of most luxurious hair shops in Beijing. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on June 20 (L) and April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows Yang Wei posing with her children in her house at a residential area for...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows Yang Wei posing with her children in her house at a residential area for...
A combination photograph shows Yang Wei posing with her children in her house at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing on June 20, 2013 and (R) Zhao Qiang posing with his wife and daughter at a living room of his apartment in Beijing March 2, 2013. Zhao runs his private company and owns two apartments in Beijing. The current value of his 117 square meter apartment in this picture is about 3,1000,000 RMB (about $500,000). Wang who came from Sichuan province for seeking a job in 2007 , lives in the about 5 square metre room in the picture with her husband and two children and the current monthly rent is 400 RMB (about $65). Wang's husband is a construction worker and she works as a visiting house keeper. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Picture taken on June 20, 2013 (L) and March 2, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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September 05, 2013
A combination photograph shows (L) people sitting in front of their houses at a residential area for...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows people sitting in front of their houses at a residential area for migrant...
A combination photograph shows (L) people sitting in front of their houses at a residential area for migrant workers in Beijing June 20, 2013 and (R) two men walking on a square inside a newly built commercial complex comprised of office and retail space in Beijing July 17, 2013. About 130 million Chinese migrants live in tiny, sub-divided rooms rented out by former farmers whose villages have been swallowed by sprawl, according to government surveys. This new commercial complex is located on a 50,000 square meters lot in central Beijing. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Picture taken on June 20 (L) and July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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A combination photograph shows (L) a 20-year old apartment and (R) a high rise apartment in Beijing April...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a 20 year old built apartment and a high rise apartment in Beijing
A combination photograph shows (L) a 20-year old apartment and (R) a high rise apartment in Beijing April 24, 2013. Still officially Communist, China has witnessed a growing disparity between the prosperous cities and the impoverished countryside since the early 1990s, while lower-income city residents have been left out of a property boom that enriched many since the housing market debuted in the late 1990s. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Picture taken on April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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A combination photograph shows (L) a man walking on a alley at a half-demolished old residential site...
Beijing, China
A combination photograph shows a man walking on a alley at a half-demolished old residential site Beijing...
A combination photograph shows (L) a man walking on a alley at a half-demolished old residential site where new and luxury skyscrapers will be built in Beijing February 25, 2013 and (R) a woman walking with her pet dog at a residential and commercial complex which comprises of shopping malls, office and apartment buildings in a wealthy district in Beijing February 21, 2013. Only few residents, mostly migrant workers, remain to live in this area (L) and the rent of a house with one kitchen and one small room is around 700 RMB (about $114). The rent of one bed room with furniture is about 14,000 RMB ($2,283) and three bedroom houses of 270 square meters with furniture is about 34, 000 RMB ($5,545) in the complex (R ) , according to an estate agency's website. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on February 25 (L) and February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH)

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