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Victoria Lai

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China's New Leaders: Dimmed Hopes for Reform

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 4:45 PM

China's conservative new leadership line-up, announced last Thursday, has disappointed those hoping for a more progressive government. Xi Jinping, the new president-designate, has his work cut out for him. He is tasked with steering the economy towards a more sustainable growth model, as well as with keeping the country's growing...

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China's New Leaders: What Will They Bring to the Party?

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 1:10 PM

The identities of China's next generation of leaders will be announced soon. Their composition will set the stage for a decade of liberalization or stagnation.

Once a decade, the handful of men running the world's second largest economy hand the reins over to the new guard. Thursday marks the start...

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Hold Your Breath

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 3:49 PM

Leadership transitions both at home and abroad are often met with bated breath. This is particularly true for the upcoming changeover in China's top brass. The top decision-making body in the Chinese Communist Party, the politburo standing committee, is set to see an infusion of new blood. Seven of the...

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China's Cities are on the Rise - Those Watching for the Rebalancing of the Chinese Economy Should Take Heed

(5) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 7:00 PM

China finally became a predominantly urban country last year, but just barely - 51% of its population resided in urban areas in 2011. This may seem unimpressive, but the continued migration of China's population is fuelling the rise of massive cities that are transforming the country's still-developing urban landscape.

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