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Reporter’s Notebook: China Views Diverge From the Inside, Outside

The views from inside and outside China sometimes seem worlds apart. That was a key takeaway during the opening day of my first attendance at the World Economic Forum, a pow-wow of some of the world’s leading thinkers, politicians and business people that happens each year in the snowy city of Davos, Switzerland.

As a foreigner living in Beijing, I’m used to getting both sides of the China story. On the one hand there are foreigners outside China, who are increasingly anxious about the nation’s potential to create a new global financial crisis due to its huge role in the world economy. Then there are people on the inside, who sometimes seem oblivious to the huge amount of attention the world is paying them and are more focused on how to earn the next big buck from their massive market of 1.3 billion consumers.

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