Policies on poverty and equality in the People's Republic
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- The Big Split; Chinese intellectuals torn
over how to take country out of difficulties
- By Foong Woei Wan, The Straits Times, 10
September 2000. Market reforms in China cause social
disparity, dividing opinion: liberals say problem will end,
while leftists feel the poor have been left behind. Locked
horns over the emergence of social disparity in
China—the price which the country is paying for
introducing market reforms in the last two decades.
- Focus on jobs, welfare at heart of bid to
raise living standards
- By William Kazer, South China Morning Post, 8
March 2001. Raising the quality of life for the nation's
1.3 billion people was a key target of the 10th Five-Year Plan.
While industry, technological upgrades and ideology have been
at the heart of previous plans, the blueprint for development
in the 2001-2005 period looks at more down-to-earth matters.
- Fees Plan Aims to Lighten Rural Burden
- China News Digest, 31 August 2001. The
central government noted that current income inequality in
the countryside may have been behind recent rural protests
and some significant criminal cases. Three-year freeze on
fees. Burdon of school fees. Heavy local taxes levied by