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  1. Premier targets social inequality

    Posted Mar 06th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... at the opening of the National People's Congress, Mr Wen said the Sars crisis had exposed weaknesses in the nation's economic and social makeup and given him a clearer picture of what he needed to accomplish. 'The spread of Sars exposed the disparities in the economic and social development of our country,' he said. 'We promptly made necessary adjustments to the government's ...

  2. It's well past time to put the Gini back where it belongs

    Posted Apr 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... pre-occupation; it inflicts real economic and social damage. The ADB estimates that if China's economic growth between 1990 and 2008 had been achieved with no increase in inequality, an additional ... a day. The achievement is undeniably impressive, but China has paid a heavy price for it in terms of ballooning income inequality. While a third of the population still lives on less than US$2 ...

  3. Achieving social equity to test political courage of leadership

    Posted Oct 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... employment and strengthen social services such as education, health care and public safety. The aim is to ease social inequality and narrow the wealth gaps between the rich and the poor, and urban and rural communities which have fuelled unrest across the country. The clear hope is that seeking a more rational distribution of wealth and opportunity will boost social stability and shore up ...

  4. Tap the potential of the masses to lift growth

    Posted Nov 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Vinod Thomas In the diverse forces driving social unrest around the world this year- the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street protests and the growing concerns about inequalities across ... and across Asia, rising inequalities are proving to be a destabilising force. There is also the fear that actions to reduce inequality will block growth itself. That is why it is important to see ...

  5. ADB pulls back on growth forecast

    Posted Apr 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... said. 'Inequality can weaken growth by undermining social cohesion, worsening the quality of governance. If this trend continues, Asia may lose its strong point [of high growth with low ... not need to resort to another financial and monetary stimulus policy as it did during the global financial crisis of 2008, Rhee said. 'Asia is facing a new challenge, rising inequality ...

  6. Wall Street protests deserve support

    Posted Oct 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... as they completely destroy shareholder value and run their companies into the ground. They have created the most extreme inequalities in the industralised world. They have subverted democracy and capitalism, the very twin social-economic systems that America has been trying to sell the world since the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The responses of the US government and the Federal Reserve to the Western ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - ON SECOND THOUGHT

    Hong Kong needs to do more to counter pregnancy discrimination

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by LAM WOON-KWONG

    ... average of 36 per cent. In effect, stereotypical thinking surrounding childcare responsibilities remain one of the most deeply entrenched causes of gender inequality. Traditional gender roles ... spent time and resources training. Not the fathers, who may want to spend more time at home but feel trapped by the constraints imposed by social expectations on their role at home and at work. ...

  8. Calls to help poor via tax subsidies

    Posted Jun 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... members of a committee to tackle poverty. The decades-old Comprehensive Social Security Assistance scheme has been criticised as a rigid mechanism that leaves out many needy people who earn too ... their needs, there should be some sort of subsidy,' said Christine Fang Meng-sang (pictured), chief executive officer of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, yesterday in a radio programme, ...

  9. A fair chance at a decent job: is it too much to ask?

    Posted Jun 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... 90 per cent are widening, with the middle class squeezed in between. There are limits to how much inequality a society's social fabric can bear. The limits are approaching or have been ... the current growth model has become economically inefficient, socially unstable, environmentally damaging and politically unsustainable. People are rightly demanding more fairness. Yet, ...

  10. More mainlanders live in urban areas for first time

    Posted Dec 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Academy of Social Sciences report also sheds light on a new social group- 'pseudo' city dwellers. These are new arrivals from rural areas who live on the margins of their adopted cities because most are denied access to social security due to restrictions imposed by the decades-old hukou household registration system. Citing statistics from the sixth national census completed ...




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