Chinese President Xi Jinping recently called for a “revolving-door mechanism” with think tanks and emphasized promotions of foreign-educated returnees within the party. Cheng Li and Lucy Xu explain how the decision lays a foundation for think tanks to become a new channel for fostering and recruiting party leadership.
The recent rise of provincial chiefs who have experience as top commanders of state-owned enterprises suggests that these individuals will play a more pronounced role in Chinese politics in the years ahead.
China saw strong growth performance in 2016, with a 6.7 percent expansion. However, this growth relied heavily on credit, increasing the risk of a classic financial crisis or an unruly devaluation of the currency driven by market forces.
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