Lead­ers point the way for so­cial change

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By LI YANG liyang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

When of­fi­cials and think tank re­searchers talk about re­form in China, they of­ten mean the in­tro­duc­tion of new eco­nomic poli­cies.

But is­sues such as GDP or the amount spent on so­cial fi­nanc­ing are not usu­ally top­ics for ev­ery­day con­ver­sa­tion on the streets. For the pub­lic, the more im­por­tant re­forms are those cov­er­ing other so­cial as­pects and ul­ti­mately the gov­er­nance of Chi­nese so­ci­ety.

Since the new lead­er­ship was formed from 2012 to 2013, it has made a se­ries of ma­jor ef­forts to pro­mote so­cial jus­tice and fairness, and to bring to the pub­lic a greater sense of “earn­ing and shar­ing” amid progress on re­forms.

Two gen­eral tasks have been set for the next five years — China dou­bling it­sGDPlevel and its na­tional in­come by 2020 from lev­els in 2010. — StateCoun­cil, Sept 13, 2013 — StateCoun­cil, Feb 26, 2014

Ef­forts have also been made on so­cial de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing at­tempts to tackle — StateCoun­cil, July 24, 2014 — StateCoun­cil, Dec4, 2014 the in­come gap be­tween rich and poor, and moves to in­crease pub­lic goods and ser­vices for a rapidly in­creas­ing and rapidly ag­ing ur­ban pop­u­la­tion.

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