- Panel Discussion with Hu Shuli, Wu Changhua und Wang Liwei
Hu Shuli, Editor in Chief of Caixin Media, stressed that in China in the past years successful economic growth of an annual average of 10,7 percent had allowed some 500 million Chinese to move from poverty to middle class society. But still there was a gap between urban and rural development as well as geographic disparity. To bridge this gap she advocated the principle of “inclusive growth”, which to her mind would mean equal access to social services for the public based on public spending through local administrations instead of centralized authorities.
Wang Liwei from the social organization Charitarian listed the most urgent fields of action in rural China to work on: the education gap, the health gap, the rights gap, and with respect to education in particular, he proposed to better teach the school teachers in the rural areas and increase their salaries as a necessary measure to raise education standards.
- Wu Changhua, Director of Climate Group, made the audience aware of the fact that China had a energy and ressource consumption that was 3-4 times higher than that of the EU countries. So China would have to become more efficient, decentralize decision-making and move to a mixed instead of a state owned economy to follow the path to sustainable and quality growth without depleting its natural resources.