Xi faces macroeconomic dilemma after China’s party congress

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Chinese economy is still growing strongly, but debt levels are high and rising

The nineteenth congress of China’s Communist Party, arguably the most important political event in China, concluded on October 25. While it confirmed president Xi Jinping’s unprecedented grip on power, the strongest since Chairman Mao, the newly minted leadership team faces difficult decisions on the finance and economic fronts.

In his keynote report to the congress, Xi reiterated the proclamation of the party four years ago of “pushing through supply-side structural reforms” and that “the

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