Minxin Pei

Adjunct Senior Associate of the China Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Adjunct senior associate and former co-director of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College; author of China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy

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Two things most Americans associate with China are astonishing economic growth and mind-boggling pollution.

No Economic Downturn in China

Two things most Americans associate with China are astonishing economic growth and mind-boggling pollution.

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With a massive government stimulus that's fueled a frenzy of building, China's economy grew by 8.9% in the third quarter, compared to the United States' 3.2%.

In China, the Recession Is Over — or Is It?

With a massive government stimulus that's fueled a frenzy of building, China's economy grew by 8.9% in the third quarter, compared to the United States' 3.2%.

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On  her last day in China , Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Beijing to continue buying US bonds.

The Obama Administration Meets China

On her last day in China , Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Beijing to continue buying US bonds.

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