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Call for fairer income distribution

(China Daily)

08:22, November 26, 2012

Urban young and more rural societies suffer most: Analysts

In his keynote report to the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party, President Hu Jintao emphasized the importance of increasing individual income in step with the country's overall economic development.

This is the first time that per capita income has been included when mentioning the gross domestic product growth in China in the blueprint for a moderately prosperous society, showing the government's determination to combat social problems brought about by low income levels and wealth inequality.

For young employees from low-income families, living and working in a big city such as Beijing can be frustrating.

Zhang Chaotong, a recent college graduate majoring in English, has just paid off his 24,000 yuan ($3,840) student loans. Besides his full time job at a radio broadcasting station, the 25-year-old also works as a part-time translator, tour guide and English tutor to make ends meet.

"I can make about 100,000 yuan every year if I work really hard but I can't save much money because my family needs help," said Zhang, who comes from Qingxu county, a relatively poor rural area in North China's Shanxi province.

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