Sunday, November 29, 2020

Andrew Batson — Will China target inequality next?

Right on schedule, Chinese officials have declared they have officially met the target of eliminating extreme poverty by 2020. The anti-poverty campaign was one of Xi Jinping’s signature initiatives over the past three years. With its focus on the rural poor and neglected regions, the initiative had a more “socialist” flavor compared to Xi’s two other major political campaigns, for environmental cleanup and financial rectitude, which focused on issues of more concern to urban elites.

Now all three of those campaigns are wrapping up, and the bureaucracy is starting to plan a whole new cycle of initiatives for the beginning of the next five-year plan in 2021. So what’s next? What kind of goal or program could meet some of the same political and ideological goals as the anti-poverty campaign? Various official comments and policy documents suggest that China’s government is preparing for a stronger focus on redistribution and reducing inequality, using more specific and quantitative targets than before....
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Will China target inequality next?
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Kaivey said...


Link doesn't work, BTW.

Tom Hickey said...

Link fixed. Thanks.

Kaivey said...

I've changed my pseudonym to Kai Ivey, so it looks like a bit more like a real name on the net, but it's stayed as Kaivey here, which is good. My real name is Kevin Vincent.

Peter Pan said...

Aka Zhao Lijian?