China’s Safety Net Unravels | Talking Points Memo

As we export jobs to China, is their middle class getting stronger? Amid the happy-face stories of a new generation of Chinese buying cars and designer sneakers, Andy Mukherjee offers a grim glimpse of ordinary Chinese families living with risk. He tells about patients in hospitals wearing stickers to identify “how much they can pay to get well” and parents paying illegal bribes to keep their children in schools that are nominally public.

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