China’s Booming Middle Class is Only Part of the Economic Story (Originally aired November 11, 2018) Guest: Dorothy Solinger, PhD, Professor Emerita of Political Science, UC Irvine, Editor of “Polarized Cities: Portraits of Rich and Poor in Urban China”. While the trade war continues between the US and China, let’s take a closer look at how China became such an economic powerhouse. Political scientist Dorothy Solinger has documented a widening wealth gap in China. Despite having the fastest growing middle class and the highest number of new millionaires in the world, millions of China’s city dwellers are trapped in poverty.

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