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  1. Middle class not happy with chief's governance

    Posted Sep 14th 2005, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has been warned against complacency after a think-tank study found the middle class are still dissatisfied with his governance. The study, released ... figure of the survey covering 225 middle-class professionals was only 31. In the general survey, the government's ability to listen to critical opinions was rated at 55, while the middle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/516219/middle-class-not-happy-chiefs-governance
  2. 5,000 yuan a month puts families in middle class

    Posted Jan 20th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Earning 5,000 yuan a month should qualify a household for middle-income status, state statistical researchers say. That is the figure needed to achieve the target set by Communist Party leaders that 'a considerable portion' of the mainland population be categorised as 'middle-income' earners by 2020, says the National Bureau of Statistics' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/486285/5000-yuan-month-puts-families-middle-class
  3. Any tax cut will help middle class: Tang

    Posted Dec 11th 2005, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen yesterday said if there were tax cuts in his February budget they would mainly help the middle class. He said he understood the tax burden on the middle class had increased substantially since 2002-03 but he was still weighing up whether to give some tax relief in the February 22 budget. 'If there's [a tax cut], ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/528846
  4. Bureau denies setting middle-class benchmark

    Posted Jan 21st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shi Ting A central government bureau yesterday denied setting a financial benchmark to categorise the rising middle class. 'We never formally released such a report or set any standard to measure China's middle class,' a spokeswoman for the National Bureau of Statistics said. The annual household income level of 60,000 yuan, suggested as a middle-class ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/486400/bureau-denies-setting-middle-class-benchmark
  5. Just one in eight are middle class: survey

    Posted Sep 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Fewer than one in eight city dwellers on the mainland can be considered middle class, a university study shows. The study was conducted by a research team led by Nanjing ... for the study, and calculated that 11.9 per cent of urban-dwellers fall into the category of 'middle class', which was defined as individuals who earned more than 5,000 yuan a month. They were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/514684/just-one-eight-are-middle-class-survey
  6. New political party targets middle class

    Posted Nov 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... targeting the middle class, plans to field more than 100 candidates in the 2007 district council elections and 2008 Legislative Council polls. It has 10 core members, including former legislator ... a lawyer, said the voice of the middle class was often undermined in the community. 'We feel that the present legislators fail to meet our expectations. They argue and attack each other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/525465
  7. Rushing the job will crush middle class, says Rafael Hui

    Posted Nov 16th 2005, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai Universal suffrage without careful planning could undermine the middle class, the chief secretary told Wan Chai District Council yesterday. 'Universal suffrage affects ... without supporting measures, the middle class will die for sure or they will all move somewhere else.' Mr Hui did not detail the reasons why he thought democratic reform would undermine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/525163/rushing-job-will-crush-middle-class-says-rafael-hui
  8. CASE STUDY 'THE GOVERNMENT ALWAYS FORGETS THE MIDDLE CLASS'

    Posted Mar 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dikky Sinn One middle-class family did not see much good news in the budget. The only benefit that health consultant Sylvia Lee Chan Wai-yee, 42, and her 47-year-old husband will enjoy ... adding the family would spend the extra money on travelling. 'The new allowances relieve the burden of everyone in society, but they are not only targeting the middle class,' said Mrs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/493128/case-study-government-always-forgets-middle-class
  9. Internet forum for middle class comes under fire

    Posted Aug 08th 2005, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Critics call for wider membership and greater public access A government online forum created to gauge the views of the middle-class and involve them more in public affairs ... chief executive Tung Chee-hwa's wish to include more members of the middle-class in public affairs after the two mass July 1 marches in 2003 and last year. But since it was formed, each ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/511354/internet-forum-middle-class-comes-under-fire
  10. Middle-class families will be looked after, vows minister

    Posted Nov 01st 2005, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy and Ella Lee Medical services will remain affordable to middle-class families under the government's financing proposal, the health minister said yesterday. Secretary ... that the middle class could still afford a reasonably high standard of healthcare- one of three key aspects of the reform proposals. 'The other two aspects are how we can still look after the poor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/523018

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