As the Communist Party issued a call to narrow the income gap, some of the country's underprivileged expressed doubts their lives would change while the rich remained unapologetic about the unique economic system which has made them wealthy. The just-ended party plenum cited the growing wealth gap as a problem facing reform efforts, and called for the benefits of development to be enjoyed by all. Kuang Xuexiang, a farmer whose land in Jiangsu province was seized by a corrupt village chief, said the government needed to go further by allowing private land ownership. 'There's no way to change things in this society. The party has met in Beijing, but the top level of government is good and the lower level is bad. They took our land away. If you take away the land of the farmers, they have nothing left,' he said. But rapid economic development in Jiangsu has allowed Mr Kuang to find a job at one of the province's many Taiwanese-funded companies, which has prompted him to give up his activism after years of futile efforts. In Shanghai, a company setting up a private yacht club for the city's newly wealthy said rich people had a right to enjoy their money in the market economy. 'We're just satisfying a need. Rich people want new ways to entertain their clients, to make travel more exciting or to add some colour to their weddings. It is not luxury for them,' said a staff member at the Jinmao International Cruise Co. Migrant worker Nie Yushan is not thinking about luxuries. He hopes to earn money to pay medical bills since, like many people, he lacks insurance. He left his village in Anhui province to find a temporary job selling fish. 'We never go to hospital for normal illnesses. We have no medical insurance. If there's a family member suffering a major illness, we have to borrow money,' said Mr Nie, who hails from Huoqiu township near Liuan city . One of the goals of the new five-year programme is to put in place health and pension schemes. 'Those old people without children in our village are miserable. Nobody looks after them. They still need to farm for food and have no extra money for health care,' he said. Kathy Liu, an auditor with a foreign company in Shanghai, is also saving money - for a new car. The owner of two apartments, she rents one out to supplement her salary. 'I'm not rich. I have to repay some mortgage loans. But I love travel and I also want to buy a car, so I have to work harder,' she said. In the central province of Hunan, farmer Xie Qing sees a glimmer of hope after the government reduced rural taxes. Her family has branched into the transportation business to reduce their reliance on the rice harvest. 'The government has removed agricultural taxes, which could save us a lot of money. But the weather is not good, so I expect we can only break even this year,' Ms Xie said.