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Grappling with the 'Success Trap' in China

T he rapid growth of China over the past three decades has brought about a remarkable economic transformation. It has also brought with it major problems, a "success trap" of a certain kind. The 17th congress of the Communist Party of China focused on how to climb out of this trap.

T he 17th congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which concluded its week-long session on October 21 not only took stock of the many successes China has achieved in the course of three decades of reforms, but paid greater attention to the problems which had arisen in that process. In general secretary Hu Jintaos report these issues were squarely stated and a new perspective called Scientific Outlook on Development was articu lated as a way out of the dilemmas facing the party and the country today. This was incorporated into the CPC constitution according it a status of a guiding principle. Not only was its application to the main policy areas elaborated, a new central com mittee was elected by the congress whose members were selected through a year-long process of investigation on their com mitment to pursue scientific development.

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