A Talk with Dalian's Communist Party Boss

With a doctorate in economics and a résumé that includes a stint as a university president, Xia Deren represents the new breed of Chinese Communist Party official. As the Party Secretary of the northeastern coastal city of Dalian, Xia, 54, is in the vanguard of China's attempt to craft a new economic strategy to propel growth in the future. Over the past 15 years, the city has eased its dependence on polluting manufacturing industries and is now emphasizing software, financial services, and renewable-energy industries. Xia recently spoke with Senior Writer Pete Engardio about Dalian's new growth formula.

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