China gears up to discuss future growth

11:23, October 15, 2010      

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The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China is to meet in Beijing. Members will discuss proposals for the country's 12th Five-year plan and the term "inclusive growth" is expected to be the new buzz word.

The concept was created and first advocated by the Asian Development Bank. President Hu Jintao has recently made some remarks on inclusive growth, triggering speculation that the government is refining its development strategy to include the concept.

According to President Hu Jintao, inclusive growth means to spread the benefits of economic globalization among all countries and regions and people for balanced economic and social progress through sustainable development.

In a domestic context, it means allowing all people in China to enjoy higher living standards by means of encouraging economic growth.

During the past five years, China's economy has witnessed explosive growth. But behind that momentum is a range of economic and social problems. The most obvious is the ever increasing gap between the rich and the poor.

The World Bank estimated China's Gini coefficient, a main gauge of income disparity, surged to 0.47 in 2009, exceeding the warning line of 0.4. Three decades ago it was below 0.22.

That's why observers believe the 12th five year plan will focus on redistribution of wealth and increase the earnings of low income families.

The development pattern is expected to be another issue high on the agenda. Observers believe the government will lower GDP growth targets and set higher targets for energy saving and reducing carbon-dioxide emissions.


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