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Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the People’s Republic of China to ensure nutritional levels of 2,000 calories per person per day for its population.
(A) Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during
(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in
(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over
(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during
(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for
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Option B.
Usage of present perfect is correct in this option.
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New post 24 Aug 2012, 11:41
past tense for a continued action is used in the original sentence. B uses the present perfect correctly
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New post 24 Aug 2012, 22:50
I believe that the main issue here is parallelism. In reference to using past or present perfect both work grammatically and depend on the latter clause.

Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the People’s Republic of China to ensure nutritional levels of 2,000 calories per person per day for its population.

Another viable option would have been:

Past Perfect + Simple Past:

Even though its per capita food supply had hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution allowed the People’s Republic of China to ensure nutritional levels of 2,000 calories per person per day for its population.

This signals that in the past, the "not increasing" happened first followed by the " stringent rationing and planned distribution"
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Past Perfect + Simple Past:

Even though its per capita food supply had hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution allowed the People’s Republic of China to ensure nutritional levels of 2,000 calories per person per day for its population.

This signals that in the past, the "not increasing" happened first followed by the " stringent rationing and planned distribution"



I don't think here past perfect + simple past form is required here, because this form is required to show sequence of occurrence of two events. However, in the subject case increase of food supply and ensuring of nutrition level occurred simultaneously. Hence both can take present perfect.
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New post 31 Aug 2017, 20:03
IMO something doesn't look right here. People’s Republic of China should come immediately after "Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades". None of the answer choices looks good to me.
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