China Business & Economy

The Immense Challenges to Xi Jinping’s Supply-Side Economic Reform in China

A woman stands on a pile of coal near a coal mine at Datong in Shanxi Province on Nov. 20, 2015. 103 county governments in Shanxi couldn’t pay the salary of their civil servants as coal price took a dive. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman stands on a pile of coal near a coal mine at Datong in Shanxi Province on Nov. 20, 2015. Coal is one of the sectors that is proving difficult to reform. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

While central authorities have been preaching supply-side reform to save China’s limping economy, resistance and chaos prevails at provincial levels as local governments struggle to...

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