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How Will China Change in 10 Years Under Xi’s Common Prosperity Push? Citizens Speak Out

After a year of overwhelming change, we asked up-and-coming voices where they see the country going.

A worker during a break at an upscale retail area in Beijing. 

A worker during a break at an upscale retail area in Beijing. 

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

It’s been a year of overwhelming change for China, and the fundamental shift in the relationship among the country’s government, businesses and citizens is a long way from complete.

President Xi Jinping’s push for “common prosperity” — aimed at narrowing the nation’s persistent wealth gap — underpins moves to limit the power of China’s technology giants, to cool ever-rising house prices, to encourage philanthropy and to embrace clean energy. The drive has dovetailed with a clampdown on the entertainment industry that has targeted livestreamers and actors over tax evasion, and placed “improper” celebrity culture under scrutiny.