"Common prosperity." It's not a new phrase, but it's one we're hearing more and more in China. After Xi declared victory over absolute poverty, expect the focus to turn to reducing inequality and boosting social mobility as growth slows.
@QiZHAI @yifanxie on.wsj.com/3stA2rv
@QiZHAI @yifanxie By reducing income gaps, says @BBikales, “Xi Jinping is seeking to rebrand the Communist Party’s image domestically and internationally…He wants this to demonstrate that socialism is better than Western capitalism in caring for all the population.”
@QiZHAI @yifanxie @BBikales How wealth is distributed has always preoccupied the Communist Party, but its views have evolved. Mao branded capitalists as enemies of the people. Deng said it was OK to “let some people get rich first.” Now, unequal wealth distribution is a big concern.
@QiZHAI @yifanxie @BBikales When Jack Ma made his first public appearance after authorities shut down Ant’s planned IPO, he said it was entrepreneurs’ responsibility to “work hard for rural revitalization and common prosperity.”

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