Social unrest ‘on the rise’ in China
Shirong Chen
BBC News

The urban-rural income gap, for example, has become even bigger and the country’s phenomenal GDP growth has been achieved at the expense of the rural population, the environment and overall social cohesion.

The report is a damning indictment on the authorities’ slogan of building a harmonious society.

But 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.

In the past 12 months, nearly a third of the top stories originated from the internet, pushing the boundaries of press freedom.

More evidence of the creeping social change that we will see in the coming years in China. Real social change is ugly, violent, but necessary to bring justice and political opportunity to the masses. This may be an indicator that the Chinese economy isn’t humming along like we are told.

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