Both China and the US have income inequality at levels where there is high risk of potential social unrest

China and the United States have nearly the same income inequality according to the measurement of the GINI coefficient. The Gini coefficient (also known as the Gini index or Gini ratio) is a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income distribution of a nation’s residents.

China               46-48 (both the CIA and World Bank measure about the same levels of income inequality)
United States       45-47

Some analysts consider any number higher than 40 as a warning sign of potential unrest.

The Global post has a special report on global income inequality.

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