High property prices have been one of the popular quality of life, or minsheng (民生), issues focused on at this years “two meetings” of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress. In recent months, local governments across China have tried to cool down the property market by introducing property taxes, but the measures have been largely ineffective. In this cartoon, posted by artist Fan Jianping (范建平) to his QQ blog, a hand tries to douse roaring flames labeled “property prices” with a small shaker of water labeled “property taxes.”

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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