China is by far the world’s largest underdeveloped country. The census completed in July 1982 revealed that there are 1008 million Chinese living on the mainland. This is half again as many as India’s 673 million, the next most populous country. It is nearly double the size of the other thirty-one countries classified by the World Bank as low-income economies, with a combined population of 511 million, and it is almost as large as all sixty-three middle-income economies put together, with their combined population of 1139 million. In global terms, nearly a quarter of mankind lives in the People’s Republic of China.


Poverty Line Dependency Ratio Production Team Rural Industry Yellow Sand 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    A book about the commune was written by an earlier visitor. See A. Z. M. Obaidullah Khan, The Yellow Sand Hills (Comilla, Bangladesh: Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development, 1975).Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    Nicholas Lardy, Agriculture in China’s Modern Economic Development (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983) table 4–8, p. 172.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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