Serious Resentment Brewing Among Chinese as Rich Become Richer: Survey

From the Times of India:

The rich have got a lot richer in China during the financial crisis. This has fueled strong resentment among ordinary Chinese, who feel official nepotism and is making some people extremely rich.

These are the outcome of recent studies by five different organizations, two of which are connected to the government. The resentment factor has been mapped by studies done by the People’s Daily, the organ of the Communist Party of China and the State-run Zhejiang Academy of Social Sciences.

The People’s Daily poll showed 91% of rich families have strong political connections and have benefited from it. Only 16% of the respondents in the survey felt that “wisdom and hard work of family members” was responsible for the wealth of the rich families.

This is damning verdict showing the extent of bitterness among ordinary Chinese, who believe that official corruption and nepotism plays a key role in making some people exceptionally rich. The poll outcome also suggests that the ordinary people do not think the government crackdown on corruption and nepotism has achieved much success.

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