China’s Top Social Problem: No Faith in the State

China’s Top Social Problem: No Faith in the State

According to a poll on the top 10 national concerns in China taken by the People’s Tribune [Chinese], a magazine affiliated with the Party-run People’s Daily newspaper, China’s top concern is official’s “lack of credibility.” Many of the other concerns on the list also reflect a public concern with corruption. The Wall Street Journal reports:

A “crisis of credibility” in Chinese officialdom tops the list of the 10 biggest national concerns among the country’s people, according to a new survey.

[…] The People’s Tribune article inveighed against “corrupt officials [who] weaken the party’s cohesion and ability to fight.” It said 51% of respondents blame the credibility deficit on “unethical behavior that has gone unpunished.” A fifth of the respondents also cited a “mercenary” market economy as partly to blame.

[…] Among respondents, the fourth-biggest gripe was “habitual distrust,” with 40% of respondents listing it as an issue. The main areas of distrust cited were, in order, “anything the government says,” followed by food safety, medicine safety and the quality of local doctors. […] [Source]

Click through for the Wall Street Journal’s translation of all ten problems chosen by readers of the state run magazine. The hallmark policy of Xi Jinping’s presidential tenure to date has been a nationwide crackdown on official corruption, in which former security chief and Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang is undergoing investigation.


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