On December 24, 2014, the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) published its Social Blue Paper in which it concluded that, of all the major social problems, housing prices, food and drug safety, the cost of living, unemployment, and income disparity are the top five social problems in China today.
According to the Blue Paper, people are increasingly worried about housing prices. Since 2003, the price of housing has been one of the top three worries. In 2009 and 2014 it topped the list. A considerable part of the population is gradually being marginalized. The different measures that the authorities have taken have not fundamentally changed the existing status of these social problems. The Blue Paper said that these problems remain the most important issues for improving Chinese people’s quality of life and for improving their living standards.
Source: China News Service, December 24, 2014