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Environmental Concerns on the Rise in China

Pew survey – Many Also Worried about Inflation, Inequality, Corruption – September 19, 2013

“The Chinese public is increasingly concerned about the quality of the country’s air and water after a year in which China experienced numerous high-profile environmental problems. Meanwhile, even though most Chinese have rated their national economic situation positively in recent years, there are also widespread concerns about the side effects of economic growth, such as rising prices and the gap between rich and poor. And, more than half (53%) describe political corruption as a very big problem – an issue highlighted most recently by the trial of former Chongqing Communist Party boss Bo Xilai. As their disposable income grows, many Chinese are worried about the safety and quality of the goods they are consuming. The percentage of Chinese identifying the quality of manufactured goods and the safety of food and medicine as major challenges has risen sharply over the last five years.”

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