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China's wealth divides extending to the edge

(Nanfang Daily)

14:34, September 16, 2011

Edited and Translated by Ma Xi, People's Daily Online

The Beijing International City Development Institute has recently released China’s first Social Stability Risk Assessment Index System Report, depicting a bleak picture of rising wealth polarization and social acrimony.

Various elements of social instability are hiding behind the rapid growth of Chinese economy, Lian Yuming, president of the Beijing International City Development Institute, said at the International City Forum 2011 held in Beijing on Sept. 15.

Because of the incubation period and uncertainty of these risks, crises could be massively spread and magnified if risks are not contained now, he warned.
Lian said that the gap between the rich and the impoverished was widening, and the gini coefficient exceeded 0.5, seriously challenging social tolerance; Second, social contradictions were increasingly emerging; Third, public security problems were severe, protests by the disgruntled people were on the rise; Forth, the social mentality of resenting the rich, officials and the authorities could result in social crises; Fifth, unconventional security hazards were becoming main threats of the society.

To maintain a stable and sustainable economic growth, the risk assessment of social stability should be listed at the government's top priority, he said.

The legality, rationality and feasibility of policies and social reform programs must be carefully assessed, so that they won't exacerbate crises.


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Fat-Chun Leung Ki at 2011-09-17188.61.105.*
It could be appropriate to add the case of Djibouti to the above just to illustrate the points. In the fifties Djibouti had one of the highest income per capita in Africa.This did not mean that the Djibouti native population is enjoying this higher per capita income. The high per capita income was due in fact to the high pay received by expatriates and the military garrisoned there. Perhaps some but not a full parallel could be drawn from this example. A substantial proportion of the USD 4000 per capita of China consists of the part earned by multinationals, and the pays of expatriates and their local cohorts. If this part is removed, the benefits that average Chinese received are, to use a socialist expression, the crumbs from the dining tables of these people. The social inequality in China is concentrate in big cities, mainly Shanghai and Beijing. Even in these cities the really dirty rich numbered only a few hundreds of thousands, say perhaps 2or3% although the most visible part. Is this the price China should pay for its modernization or is there some other ways more human and socialist in character. This is a debating point for the editorial.
ood at 2011-09-16120.165.49.*
The rich of China, must have a patriotic spirit , to share his wealth to the Chinese people who are still in the poverty , instead of calling the government that overcomes all of this problem.

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