Monday 27 December 2010

Social discontent in China lowest since 2006

(, Dec17, 2010) More Chinese are worried about inflation and their personal future than before, BBC News online Dec 15 cited China’s top think tanks as saying. People in small towns and rural areas are becoming especially dissatisfied with their lives, it cited the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as saying in their annual Book of China's Society.

The report said some key indicators show that in China overall satisfaction with jobs, social security, and leisure provisions had reached the lowest point since 2006.

The researchers paint in their annual survey a picture that is a far cry from the harmonious society the country's leadership trumpets, the report added. It said that despite China's phenomenal growth, there has been a drop in people's confidence in the economy and in the government's ability to manage economic, social and international affairs.

However, apparently to ensure the political correctness of their survey, the researchers are said to put this down to the impact of the international financial crisis, rather than any widespread abuse of power or increasing restriction on moving up the social ladder.

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