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Fair share of the cake

(China Daily)

14:01, December 30, 2011

The central authority's attitude is clear, "both primary distribution and redistribution, especially the latter, should balance efficiency and fairness."

Income distribution reform should be deepened to increase residents' share of the national output and workers' share of the primary distribution of wealth, Zhang Ping, minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, said in his report to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Wednesday.

However, similar voices have been heard more than once before in government work reports and unfortunately little progress has been made.

Statistics show that since 1996 income distribution has been skewed to governments and enterprises.

Even though the Party emphasized at its 17th National Congress in 2007 that worker's income should take a larger share of the GDP, the statistics show that in 2010 the rate of growth for wages was still slower than that of enterprise profits and government revenue.

It is reasonable that the primary distribution attaches importance to efficiency, but that does not mean fairness should be ignored.

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