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Steve Guo and his wife, who own a new, four-bedroom flat in Shenzhen that cost 12 million yuan, are expecting their second baby early next year.


They prepaid 60,000 yuan last month for a month of post-partum care, adding it to a pile of bills for services and goods ranging from an Italian recliner to German milk powder.

Their average monthly expenses in the hi-tech Guangdong province boomtown, including their mortgage payments, are about 60,000 yuan, financed by Steve’s salary and debt.


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Their lifestyle, like that of millions of other members of China’s urban middle class, could not be more different from the way of life of the residents of Hongli village, less than 200km away in the mountains of northern Guangdong.

In the village home of 67-year-old farmer Jiang Shuian, the most modern and valuable item is a television set. The walls are discoloured, the wooden tables and chairs are drab, the wooden doors creak, and the only cooling device, a noisy electric fan, looks like something that belongs in a museum.

Jiang said he and his sons dreamed of saving the 100,000 yuan they needed to properly fix their mud and brick house, but that goal seemed elusive at their current income levels.


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Jiang’s home is just one of dozens of mud and brick houses in the village, one of 2,277 villages – with a total population of 1.76 million – in Guangdong below the provincial poverty line, which is a per capita annual income of 4,000 yuan.

The stark contrast between the lifestyles of the two families is an illustration of China’s gaping wealth gap after nearly four decades of an uninterrupted economic boom. Narrowing that gap is now a top priority.


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Unlike Chairman Mao Zedong, who stripped assets from the country’s rich to create a poor and egalitarian society, or the pioneer of China's Opening-up policy Deng Xiaoping, who encouraged a small group of people to get rich first, President Xi Jinping has emphasised the need to lift the 70 million Chinese still living in poverty out of that condition. To do that, he’s trying to make China’s growth more inclusive, instead of just benefiting a few.

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Senoritazhao has the right idea.

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senoritazhao Post time: 2017-9-5 15:01
Unlike Chairman Mao Zedong, who stripped assets from the country’s rich to create a poor and egalit ...

It is a perennial pipedream to believe that you can crte a nation of middle/classers and eliminate the poor altogether.

What the Chinese governments always have neglected is to create conditions in which citizens assume some responsibility for their compatriots. In other civilisations, solidarity is a virtue. In China it is laughed away. But if you allow people to get affluent you need to inculcate in them civic virtues such as a deep interest in the wellbeing of the community. Chinese people seem to think they only need to care for their own futures and the State takes care of them and their basic needs.

There are in fact far more than 70 million poor in China. It is time you learnt to show them some respect and give them the feeling the poor enjoy dignity too.

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