Finally, divergent paths have resulted in uneven development in Shandong and in China. Uneven development can give rise to polarization, and polarization can, in turn, create social tensions and conflicts. Polarization in China would not only shake the very base of the CCP but also upset China's social and political stability, since the ideal of equity and equality of the previous decades is still ingrained in the minds of many Chinese despite the last nineteen years of economic reform. The village conglomerate has set a good example of "getting rich together as a community." In addition, many village conglomerates are helping their neighboring villages and less-developed villages in their regions through financial aid and investment and by sponsoring training programs and providing information.
As China is preparing to enter the new millennium, the village conglomerate may very well be a prototype of political economy. Its significance to China's success in its modernization drive cannot be overestimated.