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The Chinese Leadership's Reform Strategy Comes With a Risk

Mar 14, 2018 | 17:00 GMT
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech in September, 2015.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech in September, 2015. The sweeping political and socio-economic reconfigurations that President Xi Jinping helped guide during his first term in office has left the Chinese leadership to wrestle with a new set of strategic choices.

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Four decades ago, China created a political and economic framework that encouraged rapid growth. Those policies' successes have left China substantially transformed, but they also brought about massive changes and problems that the state's governing system is only now beginning to address. The sweeping political and socio-economic reconfigurations that President Xi Jinping helped guide during his first term in office have left the Chinese leadership wrestling with a new set of strategic choices. The next few years will determine whether China's leaders have the commitment and ability to adapt to the changes and to follow through with necessary reforms while at the same time meeting the rising expectations that accompany economic prosperity and juggling the country's competing social, economic, political and security challenges....

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