A worker checks power lines during maintenance in Laian, Anhui province in July. Market-based principles are increasingly subordinated to long-term national strategic ambitions. Photo: AFP

Why economic reforms in China mean a bigger role for the state

Max Zenglein says under Xi Jinping, the state’s role in economic planning has only increased, and signs point to more controls being announced at the 19th Party Congress, rather than liberalisation, given that national interests take precedence over market principles

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A worker checks power lines during maintenance in Laian, Anhui province in July. Market-based principles are increasingly subordinated to long-term national strategic ambitions. Photo: AFP
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