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Opinion

Party versus market -- Xi fails to resolve China's contradictions

New policies at People's Congress, but old tensions remain, not least over Belt and Road

| China

Amid an economic downturn and an unfinished trade war, the annual Chinese National People's Congress has been filled with an unusual sense of soberness.

While Beijing attempted to project an air of confidence and optimism, the economic reality created a different, downbeat, atmosphere.

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