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China is wealthier, but inner gap becomes wider too: Report

(People's Daily Online)

08:17, October 20, 2011

China is on path to become the world's second-wealthiest country after the United States with total fortune expected to reach US$40 trillion by 2016, Credit Suisse AG said in a report released yesterday.

Japan is currently the No 2 wealthiest state, but its stagnant economy ever since the 1990s has caused its gross wealth on a continuous comparative wane. China, which has surpassed Japan as the world's second-biggest economy, will soon catch up with its neighbor in terms of total wealth.

But, there exists an alarmingly big wealth divide in the rapidly growing China, the Credit Suisse report said.

The country’s accumulation of fortune will be achieved along with an expanding wealth gap where the Gini coefficient, a commonly used gauge of wealth inequality in a country, has reached a dangerous level, said the report.

Overall wealth at the hands of Chinese mainlanders is projected to reach US$39 trillion in the coming five years, Credit Suisse AG said in its annual Global Wealth Report.

China now has a total wealth of US$20 trillion, third in the world behind only the US and Japan but ahead of France, according to the report, which analyzes the wealth distribution in more than 200 countries.

Total fortune in China increased by US$4 trillion from January 2010 to June 2011, and is the second-highest contributor of global wealth growth after the US, the report said.

Wealth per adult in China has more than tripled from US$6,000 in 2000 to US$21,000 this year, the report said.

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fiona at 2011-10-2094.195.123.*
Nobody needs billions of yuans to live comfortably. Greed breeds more greed. If the trend is not stoped then all the good work done by CPC will be undone by social unrests.
Canada at 2011-10-2070.36.49.*
I’m not familiar with the Gini coefficient, but the gap between poor, middle class and rich in Canada is high [but not near as high as the U.S.], with the poorest homeless and begging on the street. The minimum wage is well below the poverty level. Many families depend on food banks not funded by the government. Canada is fully developed, is being called an energy superpower, the country is rich in natural resources, so there is no excuse for poverty. There is a much better social safety net in Canada than in the U.S. but it is being steadily eroded by right wing governments, along with civil and labour rights that took decades to win. Right wing governments are transferring the corporate and rich tax burden onto the masses. The middle class keeps shrinking. University is expensive and out of reach for many children. Many families are one pay cheque away from disaster. Canadians are heavily indebted and interest on credit card debt is about 19.8%,compounding. The Harper government is spending heavily on the military [Canada is not in danger of being attacked] and 10 billion+ for more prisons. Housing and rent in some parts of the country is very high. Our universal, almost free, health care is prized by Canadians, but right wing governments are willfully blind to the privatization that is occurring, and in some cases promoting it, falsely claiming privatization is the only thing that will make it sustainable. The U.S. is about the last country I would want to live in. As for China, does development come before wages, or wages before development. China’s leaders have done a terrific job on development; I hope they do an equally terrific job on narrowing the income gap.
Passor at 2011-10-20210.75.17.*
The inner gap is too dangerous!

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