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Xi Doubles Mentions of ‘Common Prosperity,’ Warning China’s Rich

  • President’s use of slogan surged this year amid crackdowns
  • Campaign signals greater focus on bringing down high incomes
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Xi Doubles Mentions of ‘Common Prosperity’
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President Xi Jinping’s rhetoric about “common prosperity” surged this year, evidence of the Communist Party’s commitment to closing the country’s yawning wealth gap. 

The term appeared sporadically in his first eight years in power. Last year, he began to reference “common prosperity” more often and has picked up the pace: The phrase has appeared 65 times in Xi’s speeches and meetings so far this year, compared with 30 in all of last year.