Charity in China: Can it be coerced?

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“In its latest attempt to alleviate poverty in China (nearly half the population remains poor) the ruling Communist Party last month turned to an unusual source. It announced that wealthy people and companies should donate to charities, which are closely regulated. With a hint of coercion, party leader Xi Jinping said the rich would be motivated by social pressure to ‘give back.’ The hint was quickly taken, especially by tech firms. E-commerce giant Alibaba, for example, pledged $15.5 billion to social programs. Donations from billionaires are now about 20% higher than a year ago.” (09/09/21)