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State-Owned Enterprises Are a Hard Habit China Doesn't Want to Break

Nov 7, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
People walk into a subway station in Beijing on Oct. 19, 2018.

People walk into a subway station in Beijing on Oct. 19, 2018. China's economy grew at its slowest pace in nine years in the third quarter, as a campaign to tackle mounting debt and trade friction with the United States took their toll. The world's second-largest economy expanded 6.5 percent in July-September, National Bureau of Statistics figures showed, marking its worst performance since the height of the global financial crisis.

(GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

China is again looking toward its state-owned enterprises (SOE) to help it navigate its economic course. In the decade since the 2008 global financial crisis, Beijing has increasingly relied on these businesses to drive its economy. As it faced sweeping unemployment and scrambled to prop up growth after that meltdown,...

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