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Communist China Looks for Independent Thinking as Problems Loom

  • Rising role for research groups contrasts with media crackdown
  • Local, economic issues an area for greater freedom of thought

The southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Dongguan’s decision to lure elite workers with cash payments of up to $3,000 owed much to a think tank founded in late 2013 after President Xi Jinping urged a greater role for research houses in policy making.

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