Policies on poverty and equality in the People's Republic of China

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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 corrupt officials.