採訪/朱智善 編輯/黃億美 後製/陳建銘
China ‘s new pension scheme faces many critcisms
The pension deficit in China accumulated gradually over time.
Recently, exposure of a new CCP pension reform plan
caused many questions from a concerned public.
Many netizens believe that these methods focus on
“taking something” directly from the people.
The concerns people have is that the pensions may well
be squandered, with the public constantly
having to foot the bill.
According to media reports, the policy designers of pension
schemes, many of whom are from CCP ministries,
convened a two-day closed-door meeting.
It is said they reached a consensus on a number of areas
concerning the pension system, including extending
the number of years of contributions people pay
and also the merging of several pension schemes
together as one.
It is understood there are four versions of pension
schemes, provided by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,
Research and Development Center at State Council,
Renmin University and Zhejiang University respectively.
All full versions are signed with a confidentiality agreement.
There are many discussions on this issue. Someone said that
the experts just know how to exploit people in different ways,
instead of daring to reform the unfair system.
There are also discussions on the concentration of
wealth in a few wealthy hands.
Many believe that the government should stop
exploiting the people.
One netizen from Tonghua, Jilin province commented,
the speed of which research on “extending the retirement age”
quickens all the while.
Is it however, keeping pace for the research
on the public system of official property income?
Gong Shengli, a social critic from Guangzhou said:
“The government collects the money
and abuses the money very quickly.
The problem in China now is that there is no system of balance.
People no longer have the right to free speech.
The situation in China now, is ‘I took the position
so I govern you ‘.
The will be no end of this ruling of the elite.
There are rules for this game.
Who knows what the end result will be?”
Ding Laifeng, a senior media figure, questioned upon weibo.
Saying that people who do not pay pensions
are designing the “top level” of the pension system reform.
There are many proposals, including a delay of 5 to 15 years
to get the pensions back and extending the payment period.
Why don ‘t these designers of the pensions, ask the views
of ordinary people who are going to be reformed?
You do not pay the pension but manage the huge
amounts of pension.
You make the investment income lower than the fixed
deposits in banks with a huge gap!
Where did you put our pensions?
The pension deficit in China accumulates gradually.
People are worried, ‘I am old tomorrow,
then who pays us the life insurance money ‘?
Now the CCP authorities have left a huge gap in pensions.
Their excuse being, “payments have not been enough”.
The authorities can merely “delay the time of retirement”
and “housing endowment” to supposedly
solve this problem.
Wu Tianli, a citizen in Beijing:
“Who pays the pension in China? Me! Ordinary people!
The civil servants do not need to deposit insurance,
but they could enjoy the best— the best wages
and the medicare reimbursement amounts.
How? Because we continue to pay money.
Keeping these officials- the elite.”
On Oct. 19th, Yang Yansui, professor at the School
of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
said at an Economic Forum, the pension problem
in China is not because of the funding.
More importantly, from central government to local,
most people did not mind the pension problem.
He Qinglian an Economist, published an article
on the pension system in China.
She thought the elderly people will
not be properly looked after.
It was mentioned in the article that the pension gap in China,
is up at 2 trillion now.
The gap has gradually formed over time along with the rapid
development of China ‘s economy.
China ‘s future economic growth is slowing down,
all the while local government debt continues to grow,
to the size of a mountain.
It is worth every worry of the people of China, as to
whether or not the authorities are able of paying
up, when the time comes.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Editor/Huang Yimei