China's wealth gap will indeed hamper its further development--it's becoming clearer and clearer ("China's wealth gap," Asian Edition Cover Story, May 8). I agree that we are not expecting fast results, although the Chinese government executed a series of favorable policies. The Chinese government should pay more attention to at least two things: eliminating corruption and implementing universal education.
For a long time, a large amount of money, either from the central government or from donors, has been going into local officials' pockets. No capital means no development. If the Chinese government does not take action to eliminate corruption, then whatever policies it adopts to support these areas will be of no use.
Another problem is the low quality of the local people. In many western areas, especially some villages, almost nobody accepted education. They view education as useless, and they cannot afford the expenses. As a result, poverty is inevitable. Under those circumstances, carrying out universal education should be the first step.
In short, if China wants to develop quickly, balancing the gap between eastern and western areas, eliminating corruption and establishing universal education are the most important goals.