China's Widening Income Gap

With city-dwellers now earning 3.2 times what rural residents do, workers are demanding more rightsand Beijing is starting to worry

As the National People's Congress prepares to meet in early March for its annual policy-setting meeting, economic and social issues are looming large in China, and one overshadows the rest: the mainland's widening income gap. In both the state press and the independent blogosphere, the media are abuzz with reports on just how serious the problem has become.

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