How China Pulls Off Running Double Digit Deficits

Chinese yuan notes at a branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), on March 14, 2011 in Huaibei, China. The Chinese government is now spending up to 15 percent of GDP on fiscal stimulus. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
Chinese yuan notes at a branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), on March 14, 2011 in Huaibei, China. The Chinese government is now spending up to 15 percent of GDP on fiscal stimulus. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

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