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A balanced tone defines the Economist Intelligence Unit’s report on major trends shaping China until 2018. Focused on politics, business and economics, it handles other issues like education or the environment only as they affect those concerns. It touches on darker possibilities, like armed unrest in Tibet or Xinjiang. The analysis and predictions are so clear and cogent that getAbstract recommends them to anyone working with China.

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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which has ruled since its founding in 1949, faces many political issues between now and 2018. Income inequality, the environment, and ethnic and regional strife drive some, and others relate to conflicts within the CCP. The party will not make major reforms but will respond to public demands for “transparency and openness” and will fight corruption. This fits its goal of being effective and does not conflict with its intent to liberalize China’s economy while keeping political control. Xi Jinping, who became the head of the CCP in 2012 and president in 2013, and premier Li Keqiang will rule for 10 years. Such long...

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