Salt In China 2017

A little economic history: the word salary is derived from salt. 

Beijing prepares to dissolve ancient grip on salt market - Link

Salt, salt production, and salt taxes played key roles in Chinese history, economic development, and relations between state and society. The lure of salt profits led to technological innovation and new ways to organize capital. Debate over government salt policies brought forth conflicting attitudes toward the nature of government, private wealth, the relation between the rich and the poor, while the administration of these salt policies was a practical test of a government's competence. - Wikipedia

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