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A Harmonious Socialist Society or Bust: China’s Quest for Sustainable Development

Wing Thye Woo
Wing Thye Woo Former Brookings Expert

December 1, 2006

Introduction

The 6th Plenum of the 16th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded on October 11, 2006 with the passage of a resolution to establish a harmonious society by 2020. The obvious implication from this commitment is that the present major social, economic and political trends within China might not lead to a harmonious society or, at least, not lead to a harmonious society fast enough.