It is estimated that 57% (741 million) Chinese still live in rural areas made up primarily of primitive villages that have not changed much from the way things were during the first-half of the 20th century.
Up until recently, rural China received the least support to modernize during China’s transition from its dark ages into the modern age.
In October 2009, China’s National People’s Congress, the Politburo Standing Committee and Hu Jintao, the president of China, approved the 11th, Five-Year Plan that focuses on bringing modern infrastructure to improve living conditions in rural China.
Historians and experts have written and said that what China has achieved since 1980 is a miracle that no other nation in history has managed to achieve. No nation has modernized as fast. It took more than a century for America to achieve what China has done in thirty years.
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
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