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China’s Hu Visits Families in Difficulty as Income Gap Widens

Chinese President Hu Jintao visited low-income families in Beijing yesterday in a gesture to show the government is trying to narrow the widening wealth gap in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

“The party and the government attach high importance to the issues of people’s welfare,” Hu said on the 7 p.m. news on state-run China Central Television last night, “There will be more measures to improve the lives of the people in difficulty.”