By: Moderatore on Lunedì 30 Giugno 2014 17:50
I cinesi come noto sono intelligenti, in termini di abilità cognitiva tecnica misurabile
poi hanno anche altre caratteristiche, come il fatto di essere incredibilmente corrotti, non solo tangenti e favori, ma ad esempio il sistema fiscale cinese è molto progressivo, aliquota marginale massima al 45%, ma se guardi i dati i ricchi non pagano quasi tasse perchè l'evasione è enorme (stimata al 30% del PIL)
Poi ci sono queste storie, che trovo casualmente leggendo notizie finanziarie sulla Cina:... figli di quelli della nomenklatura che girano mezzi ubriachi, investono due ragazze e continuano tranquilli per strada, e poi sfidano chi protesta dicendo "cosa vuoi fare ? vai alla polizia ? sono figlio di Li Gang...."
One night last October, in the provincial city of Baoding, just west of Beijing, a 22 year-old drunk driver mowed down two female college students—then casually cruised away, to pick up his girlfriend a few blocks away. One of the girls, left lying in a pool of her own blood, died. When a crowd of bystanders followed and accosted the perpetrator, he contemptuously brushed them aside. ‘Sue me if you dare,’ he reportedly taunted, ‘My father is Li Gang!’—the district’s deputy police chief.
The incident was just the latest in a series of fatal hit-and-run incidents where young hot-rodders appeared to get off scot free due to family political connections. Despite the government’s best efforts to suppress the story, it quickly became a cause célèbre via the Chinese Internet, with the slogan ‘My father is Li Gang!’ emerging as an all-purpose catchphrase for official arrogance and corruption. Under immense public pressure, Li Gang’s son was eventually tried and sentenced to six years in prison.
...according to a recent study commissioned by Credit Suisse, and conducted by Prof. Wang Xiaolu of the China Reform Foundation, hidden, undeclared income in China may total as much as RMB 9.3 trillion ($ 1.4 trillion), equivalent to 30 percent of GDP. Nearly two-thirds of hidden income belongs to the top 10 percent of households; 80 percent belongs to the top 20 percent. As a result, the per capita income gap between the top 10 percent and bottom 10 percent of urban households is much wider (26 times) than official statistics suggest (9 times).
The nature of this income is what rankles. According to the Credit Suisse report, ‘The facts show that grey income has its origins in the misuse of power and is closely connected with corruption.’ In other words, it’s the power wielded by government officials, not the absence of it, that’s fuelling inequality and fanning popular discontent.
Resentment has been dampened, somewhat, by China’s spectacular rates of economic growth, which helps explain the Chinese government’s obsession with hitting its growth targets. For the past two years in particular, China has been able to say to its citizens, ‘You think you’re unhappy? Just count your blessings that you’re here, and not someplace else.’ But what would happen if growth faltered?
The other day, I was parking my car in an underground garage in Beijing, when I came across an all-too-common scene. A black luxury sedan with official red People’s Armed Police plates had just parked in a spot reserved for someone else. When the garage attendant came over and rather meekly suggested that he move the car, the driver turned on him viciously. ‘Who are you? You’re nothing!’ he bellowed, with such force the concrete walls seemed to reverberate. ‘I will squash you like a bug!’ His father may not have been Li Gang, but the point was still clear. In today’s China, like in Orwell’s Animal Farm, some animals are more equal than others.