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The majority of revenue expansion for counties has come from turnover taxes, and the loss of these indirect revenues in the rural sector will put significant stress on counties to find new sources of income. At the same time, many Guizhou counties have been able to capitalise on a comparative advantage in tobacco and liquor production. They now face the loss of the majority of these revenues to the centre.

00 Notes: All statistics are for 1996 and all growth rates are for 1996 over 1995 and are adapted from Zhongguo tongji nianjian 1997 [Statistical Yearbook of China 1997], Zhongguo tongji chubanshe, Beijing, 1997, as reformulated and presented in Provincial China no. 5, May 1998, pp. 68ff. 70 Guizhou Province occupies the heavily eroded limestone highlands of the eastern Yun-Gui Plateau, separating the fertile Sichuan Basin to the north from the low plains of Guangxi to the south. The mountainous setting of the province is responsible for a long history of not only relative isolation from the dominant societies and cultures of traditional China but of endemic rural poverty and a stigmatised ‘frontier’ cultural identity as well.

China’s Provinces in Reform – class, community and political culture, London: Routledge, 1997, p. 2. 4. G. ), China’s Provinces in Reform – class, community and political culture, London: Routledge, 1997. 5. See, for example, Shaun Breslin, Centre–Province Relations in a Reforming Socialist State, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996; Yasheng Huang, Inflation and Investment Controls in China: The Political Economy of Central–Local Relations During the Reform Era, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996; Wei Wei, Zhongguo jingji fazhan zhong de quyu chayi yu quyu xietiao [Regional Differences and Coordination in China’s Economic Development], Hefei: Anhui renmin chubanshe, 1995.

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