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    Deng offers some crucial lessons for Xi

    News, Tom Orlik, Published on 26/10/2017

    » China's 19th Party Congress is drawing to a close with General Secretary Xi Jinping's power affirmed and enhanced. Mr Xi's three-hour speech on China's "new era" was greeted with rapturous applause by delegates in the Great Hall of the People. The rest of the population had the chance to clap along on a new video game. His name will be included in the Party constitution, alongside Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. The new lineup of the Politburo Standing Committee was announced yesterday, and sees his loyal advisers elevated to the top ranks of the leadership.

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    Graft is not good for China's growth

    News, Tom Orlik, Published on 29/06/2016

    » Some critics dismiss President Xi Jinping's massive anti-graft campaign as a political witch hunt directed at his enemies. Others have a different complaint: They argue that bribes and favours have historically served as the grease in the wheels of China's growth. By disrupting the traditional flow of business, they contend, Mr Xi's graft enforcers have brought the country's economic engine grinding to a halt.

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    Beijing has good reason to move slowly on reform

    News, Tom Orlik, Published on 21/04/2016

    » China's critics are united on one point: The country's central problem is that it's moving too slowly to embrace free markets. For now, however, the bigger risk lies in moving too fast.

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