After China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang called on unemployed compatriots to make a living as street vendors last year, it took only a few days for the state media to abandon its initial support. Why? Nobody knows; one can only guess. Li is considered an opponent of President Xi Jinping in the Communist Party’s Politburo. Shortly before, Xi had announced that the People’s Republic was well on the way to achieving the goal of a “moderately prosperous society” with 400 million middle-class citizens. Li, on the other hand, reminded the audience that 600 million Chinese have to get by on a monthly income of $140 (China.Table reported).
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