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In this issue

Successfully navigating Beijing’s difficult political environment could result in an era of radical social change

New leaders face tough challenges

Successfully navigating Beijing’s difficult political environment could result in an era of radical social change, says Jamil Anderlini

Environment: Battle to balance urbanisation with ecological sustainability

Cities are a key front in the fight against pollution, writes Leslie Hook

Military machine: Learning to use new equipment

China’s armed forces accelerate deployment of latest hardware, writes Kathrin Hille

Growth: Economy is on track but reform remains in the sidings

Beijing needs to rebalance policy towards consumption, says Simon Rabinovitch

Loan financing: Risk increases in alternative finance sector

A tipping point has been reached, says Simon Rabinovitch

Auto industry: Carmakers compete in a crowded market

Local manufacturers vie with global rivals to gain traction on the mainland, writes Patti Waldmeir

Corruption: Wang takes responsibility for stopping rot in public office

The vice-premier’s brief is to root out increasingly sophisticated forms of illegal payments, reports Kathrin Hille

Taiwan: Cross-strait investment slowly picks up as political relations improve

Trade pacts help thaw once frosty relations, says Sarah Mishkin

Beijing: Colonial architecture, exhibitions and cuisine woo the inquisitive

Celestial capital offers an array of cultural attractions, says Jamil Anderlini

Quality of life: Discovering the joys of free time

Spending on leisure and tourism is on the rise, reports Patti Waldmeir

Labour shortages: Double-digit wage increases

Productivity must rise or factories risk closing, writes Rahul Jacob

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