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China rethinks the super skyscraper arms race

Ban on structures higher than 500 meters is more about taming economic excess

| China
Skyscrapers including Shanghai Tower stand steadily forming a unique city skyline in November 2020: do not downplay the symbolism.   © Imaginechina/AP

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

The best indicator of whether President Xi Jinping really is reducing leverage in Asia's biggest economy might not be data. It may be the skylines of China's biggest cities.

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