A combination photograph shows (L) a man walking on a alley at a half-demolished old residential site where new and luxury skyscrapers will be built in Beijing February 25, 2013 and (R) a woman ... more 
A combination photograph shows (L) a man walking on a alley at a half-demolished old residential site where new and luxury skyscrapers will be built in Beijing February 25, 2013 and (R) a woman walking with her pet dog at a residential and commercial complex which comprises of shopping malls, office and apartment buildings in a wealthy district in Beijing February 21, 2013. Only few residents, mostly migrant workers, remain to live in this area (L) and the rent of a house with one kitchen and one small room is around 700 RMB (about $114). The rent of one bed room with furniture is about 14,000 RMB ($2,283) and three bedroom houses of 270 square meters with furniture is about 34, 000 RMB ($5,545) in the complex (R ) , according to an estate agency's website. China has pledged to double household incomes over the coming decade in a bid to close a wealth gap so wide it threatens social stability. Although the proportion of extreme poverty has fallen over recent decades, about 12 percent of the country' s 1.3 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2013 United Nations report. Pictures taken on February 25 (L) and February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS WEALTH) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 02 OF 26 FOR PACKAGE 'CHINA'S WEALTH GAP'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'WEALTH GAP KYUNG-HOON' less 
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Reuters | Photo By KIM KYUNG-HOON / REUTERS
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