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China’s national problems start in local government

First published: Financial Times, 20/05/2013

The structural slowdown in China’s economy is starting to cause waves in Beijing, prompting trenchant questions about what the government should do about it. Premier Li Keqiang has recently played down the expectation that there is much the government could or should do, saying that China must rely more on “market mechanisms”. This is, in effect, an acknowledgment of a contradiction in China’s economic model…..more