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NYT9 - (NYT9) UNDATED -- July 31, 2004 -- CHINA-DIVIDE-3 -- An undated photo of Zheng Qingming. Unable to pay for his schooling, Qingming killed himself. His foster mother was retarded, so he was raised by grandparents, Zheng Zili, center, and Ye Ruizhen in Pujia, China. After 25 years of economic reforms, China has emerged as one of the world's most unequal societies. The emphasis on building urban manufacturing and financial centers has increasingly left the country's 750 million peasants, two-thirds of thepopulation, behind. (The New York Times)**ONLY FOR USE WITH STORY BY JOSEPH KAHN and JIM YARDLEY SLUGGED: CHINA-DIVIDE. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED.

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