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Rare open rift over economy emerges in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Premier Li Keqiang may not exactly be seeing eye-to-eye over the direction of the country's economy.

BEIJING -- In a rare sign of discord in the runup to a crucial quinquennial political event in China, clear divisions have emerged within the Chinese leadership over macroeconomic policy.

Premier Li Keqiang and other senior government officials view the current state of the Chinese economy in a positive light, but an anonymous figure seen as close to President Xi Jinping has made a splash by issuing a rebuttal recently.

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