Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) recently said the country’s development must be for the people, and that the wealth gap must be tackled as a “political” problem. Photo: Xinhua Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) recently said the country’s development must be for the people, and that the wealth gap must be tackled as a “political” problem. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) recently said the country’s development must be for the people, and that the wealth gap must be tackled as a “political” problem. Photo: Xinhua
Zhou Xin
Opinion

Opinion

Zhou Xin

China’s economic boom is a great story, but for many it still reads like Les Misérables

  • As China’s economic boom continues to predominantly favour the rich and powerful, there are questions about why life for many must be so hard in a period of prosperity
  • Anecdotal examples of economic hardship are rife among China’s working class

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) recently said the country’s development must be for the people, and that the wealth gap must be tackled as a “political” problem. Photo: Xinhua Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) recently said the country’s development must be for the people, and that the wealth gap must be tackled as a “political” problem. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) recently said the country’s development must be for the people, and that the wealth gap must be tackled as a “political” problem. Photo: Xinhua
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Zhou Xin

Zhou Xin

Zhou Xin co-leads the political economy team at the Post. He mainly covers economic stories but also writes about Chinese politics and diplomacy. He has previously worked for Reuters and Bloomberg in Beijing.