BEIJING — Income levels of people living in China's western provinces will take more than 20 years to catch up with their eastern counterparts, a government study says. The Institute of Econometrics and Technoeconomics of the China Academy of Social Science finds the gross domestic product per capita for the western province of Sichuan is RMB4,450 (US$537), compared to an average of RMB6,545 (US$790) for the entire country. The Chinese government last year announced it would spend ...

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