China has what it takes to escape middle-income trap

Want China Times
Date: 2015-06-22
By: Staff Reporter

China’s massive population and economy will help it to escape the middle-income trap and become

People at a job fair in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. (File photo/CNS)

People at a job fair in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. (File photo/CNS)

a high-income country, according to Li Xunlei, an expert at the Shanghai Finance Institute.

In an op-ed piece in the Shanghai-based Economic Observer, Lee said China has similar characteristics to countries such as South Korea and Japan, which have escaped the middle-income trap.

The middle-income trap is a phenomenon in which a rapidly growing economy stagnates at middle-income levels and fails to advance into the ranks of high-income countries.

The World Bank classifies countries with a gross national income of US$12,616 and above as high-income countries, Li said, noting that China’s GNI per capita stood at US$5,740 in 2012.

The long working hours in China — 45 hours a week on average in 2012 — are evidence that the Chinese people are hard-working, a characteristic that is shaped by the lack of resources, namely farmlands, Li said.     [FULL  STORY]

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