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How Chinese Netizens Look into Next Five Years

13 October 2007

According to the latest online survey by forum, one of the most prestigious and popular online discussion sites in China, when asked what are the most pressing issues for China to address in the next five years, the top four, that attracted total of more than 32 percent of votes among the 65,000 registered voters, are political reform, anti-corruption, employment and welfare system, and fair distribution of the wealth.

On the other hand, as some analysts observed, the online opinion does not necessarily reflect the concerns of the general population in China. The strong emphasis on political reform and employment security could be heavily influenced by the age and education composition of the Chinese Netizens.

The figures released by China Internet Information Centre show that over 70 percent of Chinese Netizens are under 30; among which the age group between 18 and 24 accounts for nearly forty percent of the total Internet users in the mainland China. The young Chinese under 24 are mainly only-childs, the very first generation of so-called little emperors and empresses who enjoy the benefits of a miraculous economic growth over the past thirty years and focused care of their parents. And they are still too young to feel the economic burdens placed on their families’ daily lives.

The survey also found that almost half of the Chinese Netizens have a tertiary qualification, which may also justifies why they have noted political reform and social justice as the top priority to pay attention to, as opposed to that in the general population who tend to view the removal of the “Three Mountains” (三座大山) - high costs in housing, health care and education - as the most important tasks in the next five years for the central government to tackle.

Beyond the party politics (权为民所用,情为民所系,利为民所谋):

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao shares his lunch with the coal miners who exist in the deepest terrestrial spot under the tangible hills and intangible Three Mountains.

Party politics is another expression of tribalism and sectarianism derived from the spirits of separation instead of unity. Sadly in today’s world, nearly all the political systems are based on party politics and therefore more or less fatally tainted with fraud, whatever the name they give to themselves or label others: democracy or dictatorship.

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