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Reforms to test Chinese leaders' tolerance for pain

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BEIJING -- China's leaders are treading a narrow path in trying to free up the world's second-largest economy without stoking social unrest.

     Economic indicators released Thursday showed slowing momentum in industrial output, fixed-asset investment and retail spending. Meanwhile, investors are growing fearful over financial risks, notably the hitherto contained threat of default in corporate bonds and other assets.

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