Charity: new cultural revolution – Jonathan Watts

From The Guardian Unlimited:

China, the greatest economic success story of the 21st century so far, is calling on its growing middle class to share more of its good fortune with the needy. The government has made an appeal for amid rising criticism that the spirit of is developing a lot less quickly than the urge to accumulate wealth, as the country becomes richer but more divided.

Twenty-five years of spectacular economic growth are estimated to have created more than 10,000 people with assets in excess of $10m (£6m). But while the new rich are spending, investing and gambling more than ever, their willingness to give something back to a society which still contains tens of millions of people living on less than a dollar a day is being called into question.

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