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Twelve Challenges China Faces in 2012

Qiushi Journal, a bi-weekly magazine published of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, recently republished an article from the Tokyo-based magazine The Diplomat on the twelve key challenges China will face in the year 2012: (1) A once-in-a-decade political transition in October; (2) A slowing of China’s economic growth; (3) High local government debt; (4) Falling real estate prices; (5) China’s debt problems may have major repercussions for countries benefitting from China’s commodity demand boom; (6) Tighter domestic media reporting guidelines; (7) Intensified policies to drive growth in Central and Western China; (8) A heightened risk of inflation; (9) The increased outbound investment of money seeking safe havens; (10) Continued friction and possible skirmishes in the South China Sea; (11) Drilling China’s first ultra-deepwater oil/gas well; (12) The ongoing Gulf of Aden/Indian Ocean anti-piracy mission.

Source: Qiushi Journal, January 16, 2012

Original: The Diplomat, January 8, 2012