China: The Common People of TiananmenAdd to Lightbox Download
Tourists, migrants, peddlers, elders, youngsters, plain clothes policemen? on any given day hundreds of people take a rest on the benches near the most famous square of China, in the shade of the old Imperial City. They are a meaningful cross section of the lower strata of the Chinese society after the 'golden ten years' of two digit annual growth. In these years, China has achieved an extraordinary degree of success: its economy has more than quadrupled, becoming the second in the world after that of the USA and millions of people have been taken out of poverty. But the boom has also had a dark side: the gap between rich and poor that communism was suppose to abolish has widened and become unsustainable. In the words of prime minister Wen Jiabao, it is "an urgent issue that we have to address now". And it shows every day, on the benches of Tiananmen Square.
- Susetta Bozzi
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