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Opinion

Can the rental market deflate China's housing bubble?

New policies should reduce imperative of homeownership

| China
Apartment blocks in Beijing   © Reuters

Chinese home prices have climbed so much and so fast that cities like Beijing and Shanghai now rank among the world's least affordable property markets. The high cost of living has reduced the competitiveness of local economies by making it difficult for young skilled professionals to take up new positions. Many observers are concerned about the possibility of price bubbles.

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