China's GDP per capital arouses netizens concerns

15:55, December 24, 2009      

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China's GDP per capita is expected to climb to 4,000 U.S. dollars by the end of next year, according to the 2010 social blue book issued Monday. It aroused concern from many netizens, many of whom doubted the figure is consistent with people's actually standards of living.

According to a online poll conducted by Huanqiu.com Tuesday afternoon, as of 10 am, 74.5 percent of those surveyed felt "little relevance" between the growth of GDP per capital and the actual standards of living, 20.7 percent of them chose "improved living standards has a positive correlation with GDP per capital increase" and the remaining 4.8 percent chose "unclear".

Official figures show that from 1978 to 2000, GDP per capital in China increased from 400 to 800 U.S. dollars, which took 20 years. In 2003, the figure topped 1,000 U.S. dollars and in 2006, only three years later, it exceeded 2,000 U.S. dollars. The figure topped 3,000 U.S. dollars in 2008.

Many netizens believe, with the current growth rate, GDP per capital in China will reach 10,000 U.S. dollars in less than 10 years.

According to the survey, 32.1 percent of netizens believed the figure will exceed 10,000 U.S. dollars "within 10 years". 28.4 percent, 11 percent and 28.6 percent chose 20 years, 30 years and 40 years respectively.

By People's Daily Online
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