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How to make sense of China's plummeting stock market

Numbers suggest collapse is an inevitable correction in a bourse that featured many of the classic signs of a bubble

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Stock investing has become a middle-class pastime in China in recent years, and it's clear the government is nervous about a continued market rout wiping out its citizens' wealth and stoking discord.

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WHILE the eyes of the world have been on the crisis in Greece, China, a country with 123 times the population, has faced financial troubles of its own. A free fall in the Chinese stock market could threaten the prosperity of the world's second-largest economy and have long-term

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