China’s minimum living standard guarantee, known as ‘dibao’, provides unconditional cash transfers and benefits to the poor. Photo: EPA China’s minimum living standard guarantee, known as ‘dibao’, provides unconditional cash transfers and benefits to the poor. Photo: EPA
China’s minimum living standard guarantee, known as ‘dibao’, provides unconditional cash transfers and benefits to the poor. Photo: EPA
China economy

How China’s ‘dibao’ social safety net is being used to silence dissent, according to one researcher

  • China’s minimum living standard guarantee, known as ‘dibao’, was conceived as a social safety net to help the poor during a period of reform in the 1990s
  • But over time it has transformed into a means to control ‘targeted populations’ and repress social unrest, says Jennifer Pan, from Stanford University

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China’s minimum living standard guarantee, known as ‘dibao’, provides unconditional cash transfers and benefits to the poor. Photo: EPA China’s minimum living standard guarantee, known as ‘dibao’, provides unconditional cash transfers and benefits to the poor. Photo: EPA
China’s minimum living standard guarantee, known as ‘dibao’, provides unconditional cash transfers and benefits to the poor. Photo: EPA
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