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Crime Grows Rampant in China Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Dec 23, 2009, 10:57 am

Beijing Unrest.jpgSocial unrest has been on the rise in China, as disclosed by an analysis of a Chinese think-tank. The nation is grappling with more acute social problems than ever before, as revealed by a report from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

According to the BBC News, "crime is also up, despite a nationwide campaign to shore up social stability. Although continued economic growth has provided a greater number of jobs, China has seen more social conflict in 2009 than before. The report on China's social trends sounds a stark warning to policymakers."

The authors explain that deep resentment has been reaching a boiling point over the past few decades agianst power abuses and acts of unfairness by government officials at a variety of levels.

They cite from six large-scale popular protests - from taxi strikes to revolts in Central China in June - that involved tens of thousands of people. However, this does not include the rioting in Xinjiang, the northwestern region, where in early July nearly 200 people were killed.

According to the BBC, "there has been more crime too - official figures for January to October 2009 show more than four million recorded criminal cases, an increase of about 15% above last year. The report admits some of Chinese policies have prevented more people from sharing the benefits of the economic development."

For example, the urban-rural income gap has become even larger and the nation's phenomenal GDP growth has been accomplished at the expense of rural poulation, the environment and overall social cohesion.

The report is perceived as a damning indictment on Beijing's slogan of building a harmonious society.

"But," the BBC reports that, "there is one ray of hope in the report - while the Chinese authorities are taking tighter control over the media, people are turning more and more to the internet to expose official failings and abuses."

To read the entire article from the BBC News, link here:

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