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Is China's Growth Moving Inland? A Decade of 'Develop the West'

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Executive Summary

The impact on China of the global financial and economic crisis has brought to the fore questions about the balance as well as the pace of China's economic growth. The major impact of the crisis on export industries in a number of eastern coastal provinces has challenged the idea of the dominance of exports from these regions as a sustainable driver of China's growth. Beijing's response to the crisis, including through the nation-wide RMB4 trillion stimulus packages, has created opportunities to rebalance aspects of the country's development model; this includes addressing the wealth gaps between urban and rural areas, and between the richer coastal provinces and the interior.

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