"Beijing, beware," writes a finance professor at Peking University, Michael Pettis, in Foreign Policy: "China's economic growth has followed what's sometimes called "the Japanese model." In Japan and other Asian countries, this model has proved extraordinarily successful in the short term in generating eye-popping rates of growth -- but it always eventually runs into the same fatal constraints: massive overinvestment and misallocated capital. And then a period of painful economic adjustment....too much of the economy depends on hidden subsidies to survive."
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