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What is Behind China's Move to Improve Living Standards?

Rebalancing growth, bridging the wealth gap and maintaining social stability are among the top issues on the agenda at China's eleventh National People's Congress (NPC).

One way the government hopes to prevent social problems is to raise living standards. Back in 2009, Beijing said nearly 36 million people lived below its poverty line of about $180 a person a year, or about $0.49 a day. That is just one third the amount the World Bank uses for its poverty line, which would put as many as 150 million Chinese as extremely poor.

Improving the lives of China's poor is a main priority for the NPC. But do you think the moves to improve living standards is about economics — boost China's domestic consumption, or about politics — prevent social unrest?

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