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President Xi Jinping, left, is maneuvering to wrest control of economic policymaking from Premier Li Keqiang (file photograph from March 2016).

Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang take political battle into economic arena

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Anshan was blanketed in heavy smog, a grayish cityscape standing in sharp contrast to the endless stretches of green corn fields we had passed to reach the steelmaking hub in Liaoning Province.

It was hot out, with the temperature hovering above 32 C, yet the sun was, perhaps appropriately, invisible.

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