China’s New Deal

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One of the paradoxes posed by China’s rise has been the way in which increased economic expectations have not translated into increased demands for political liberalization. But is it possible that the financial crisis will liberalize China more than the past decade of growth? Here’s how the WaPo describes the stimulus package Beijing unveiled today: In a wide-ranging plan that economists are comparing to the New Deal,the government said it would ease credit restrictions, expand socialwelfare services and launch an infrastructure spending program thatwould include the construction of new railways, roads and airports. What’s striking is the expanded welfare services […]


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