Crisis Brings Threat Of Crime Wave To China
Yang Zhili did not think the economic crisis would affect his quiet daily routine as a taxi driver in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen until two passengers tried to rob him at knife-point.
“They were young kids, from outside Shenzhen, who’d had nothing to eat. I was in the army for five years, so I know how to defend myself, and I quickly overpowered the guy with the knife,” said 40-year-old Yang.
“I gave them 10 yuan (1.5 dollars) so they could buy two bowls of noodles and told them not to try and rob people again. I hope this taught them a lesson.”
The recent incident is an example of what experts fear could become a crime wave as China’s 1.3 billion people struggle with the consequences of the global meltdown.