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China’s Challenges

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The Chinese authorities' grand policy pronouncements of recent months have given rise to serious concerns about President Xi Jinping's ability to overcome the powerful vested interests that are impeding economic rebalancing and long-term growth. Can China sustain its rapid economic and political rise, or will domestic malaise undermine its regional and global ambitions?

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    The Perils of Financial Freedom

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    Reimagining China’s Urban Future

    Apr 30, 2014 Bert Hofman highlights the institutional reforms needed to keep migration on track and inequality in check.

  6. Asia’s Giants Under New Management

    Asia’s Giants Under New Management

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    War Over Taiwan?

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    The Contested Fed

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