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Five problems of Chinese society in 2010
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Five problems of Chinese society in 2010

According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' annual Blue Book of China's Society, the income gap between rich and poor continues to grow and has reached an alarming level this year, the Global Times reports. China's Gini Coefficient -- an indicator of income inequality -- is at 0.5, exceeding the commonly recognized warning threshold of 0.4. The report also found that social discontent has risen markedly in the past year. "Overall life satisfaction" has declined up to 6% in cities, small towns and rural areas, over concerns of high inflation, soaring housing and commodity prices, employment opportunities, social security and leisure provisions. It also says China is fast moving from an agricultural society to an industrial one, with more farmers moving to the cities.

(China.org.cn December 17, 2010)

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