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1 Cao Anthony Cao Asian 366 01/09/11 Week 1 Response – How Much Inequality Can China Stand? The article first summarizes various inequalities regarding employment preference and income differentials. These inequalities include wealth distribution of males vs. females, urban vs. rural, rural rich and rural poor. Furthermore, education also provides a point of inequality, where a minority receives a disproportionately large amount of government funding for their higher-level education. Similarly, with the new inequalities rising, a minority of people are contributing to pollution caused by privately owned automobiles, whereas all people must bear the burden of such pollution. The development of this inequality is considered somewhat natural, as other industrialized nations similarly maintain such inequality in wealth distribution, such as the UK and US. This very inequality may have been necessary for China’s extraordinary growth over the past few years. With many poor rural workers available, many low status factory jobs have been
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Unformatted text preview: filled. Predicted inequality will hopefully follow an inverse U curve, where the widening gap will eventually result in increasing convergence. However, given current circumstances, there is no real reason to assume that this will be the case in the near future. Finally, measures that have supposedly been taken to alleviate some of this poverty have proven largely ineffective, with some levels of corruption and infant mortality rates increasing. Unrest among many people has also seemed to increase during these times. Ultimately, there are several points of contention – Is Hu Wen truly committed to bridging the income gap between wealthy and poor people of China? Is he actively trying to curb the corruption readily apparent in local government officials? What other factors contribute to the unrest in China? How else can be it changed outside of political reform?...
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