Xi voices ‘common prosperity’ idea, wants moderate wealth for all

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Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping has voiced the idea of “common prosperity,” calling on the country’s authorities to take the necessary steps to support moderate wealth for all.

The Chinese president led a meeting on Tuesday last that called for “a reasonable adjustment of excessive incomes and encouraging high-income groups and businesses to return more to society,” the state-run People’s Daily reported.

Chinese officials who attended the meeting reportedly specified that progress toward equal distribution would occur in stages.

“Considering that raising taxes on high-income groups and capital returns may curb investment and potentially lead to capital outflows, the Chinese government will not completely ignore the impact of redistribution policies on the economy,” said Yue Su, principal economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit, adding that the government should be pragmatic in its implementation.

She expects privatisation to slow in public services, including medical care, care for the elderly and education.

The latest data published by Paris School of Economics Professor Thomas Piketty back in 2019 revealed that income inequality among China’s 1.4 billion population has been growing over the past decades.

The top 10% reportedly earned 41% of the national income in 2015, up from 27% in the late 1970s. Meanwhile, the lower-earning share of the population had reportedly dropped to nearly 15%, down from about 27% in 1978.—TLTP

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