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  • Beijing has defended its ambitious goal of growing the economy by ‘around 5 per cent’ this year, insisting it matches China’s potential for economic growth
  • Analysts say China must roll out proactive fiscal policies and a ‘flexible and appropriate’ monetary policy, while also fixing the ailing property market
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What does one of the most influential business leaders think is the magic of China, and why could hubris rear its head if lessons are not learned from the perils and pitfalls of other economies?

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Seeking economic opportunity, Chinese merchants build bustling wholesale markets, sell Made in China goods and deal with occasional resistance from Mexican vendors.

Even in the absence of the buying restrictions, a healthy supply and elevated interest rates mean the city’s infamously expensive house prices are unlikely to return to the kind of breakneck growth seen in the past, analysts say.

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Amid price slashing and Western threats, on-the-ground accounts reflect how China’s new productive push is creating forces to be reckoned with.

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China’s finance sector was once freewheeling, but new regulations and mandates from officials suggest banks’ new role looks beyond simple profit-seeking.

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The emerging Strategic Support Force is leveraging the civilian sector to expand China’s space, cyber, electromagnetic and psychological warfare capabilities.

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Has China’s long march to recouping stock market losses begun, after a US$1.75 trillion bounce in value from January lows? Many sentiment indicators have reached inflection points, backstopped by state intervention. Or do market bears still hold sway?

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Although overseas visitors to China have increased after some visa requirements were lifted, other barriers to travel and inconveniences when visiting have been enough to discourage more from planning a trip.

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While analysts are optimistic about the return of international students to China, many prospective and former students report dwindling enthusiasm for Chinese universities.

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Insiders reveal calculated strategy to catch foreign powers off guard and curb impact of potential sanctions or smear campaigns ahead of passing of Article 23 bill.

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Technology transfers have always been officially part of China’s belt and road plan, but analysts say those types of exchanges are being increasingly prioritised as Beijing bids to boost ties.

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Treacherous journeys from as far away as Pakistan and East Africa often lead asylum seekers to mainland China, where they cross illegally into Hong Kong.

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Expanding rail and franchised bus networks, new roads and bridges, and changes in tolls have caused a big shift in how Hongkongers navigate the city.

As China faces numerous questions over its economic viability in the long term, some are advocating for a removal of barriers to rural land trading to jolt growth back to previous heights.

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After changes to its leadership and structure, and with draft laws altering its scope, China’s central bank looks to be taking on a different role from years past – one which seems notably distinct from Western norms.

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Spousal violence can be pronounced among immigrants who are socially or culturally isolated, experts say, and there often is a stigma about seeking help.

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Once a lucrative source of fees for investment bankers, new stock offerings have become a source of stress and job insecurity amid a slump in activity. For retail investors, those first-day windfalls are also harder to come by.

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