How to make China happy

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As China’s growth figures have rocketed, criticism of the country’s “GDP first” approach has also been rising. That criticism is now starting to influence policy: in January, the Communist Party branch in Guangdong, a province in southern China, specified a “Happy Guangdong” as one of its goals for the 12th Five-Year Plan period, which runs from 2011 to 2015. It aims to achieve this target by boosting domestic demand, innovation, workforce development, regional coordination, green development and “harmonious sharing”.

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