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Fostering a Middle Class
It's generally believed an olive-shaped social structure, with the largest proportion of middle class and small scale on both ends, is the most stable. In contrast, China's social structure is really pyramidal. To tackle this more serious challenge, the Chinese Government must speed up efforts to reform the income distribution system, improve the social safety net and give private businesses greater market access to more sectors
Defining the Middle Class

China's cities housed more than 230 million middle-class residents in 2009 or 37 percent of the urban population, according to the 2011 Blue Book of Cities in China released on August 3

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Stuck in the Middle
For decades, the foremost goal of China's economic development was to increase the nation's wealth as quickly as possible. But most of the wealth went to emerging elites, eroding the soil for a middle class to grow
On the Way to an Olive Society
As long as China's economy keeps growing at the current pace, the size of the middle class will certainly expand
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