The minutes of the March 4 meeting“ostensibly convened by Communist Party policy advisers to discuss economic reforms and rural poverty”were supposed to be secret. But last month they leaked out on the Web, and ideological sparks have been flying ever since. What started out as a discussion by officials, economists and legal experts about deadlocked legislation on property rights has morphed into a fierce debate about the future of reform in China. Its outcome could determine how”and whether”Beijing will manage to bridge the widening gulf between the country’s haves and have-nots. And its intensity is a gauge of how alarming that income gap”in large part an urban versus rural divide”has become.