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Being viewed as No 1 is a problem for Beijing

China's grand strategy is premised on a gradual, peaceful transition to power during which it will grow stronger while keeping a low profile. The greater foreign scrutiny of the country has thus been largely unplanned for.

CHINESE Premier Li Keqiang announced last Thursday that the government had set its economic growth target for about 7 per cent for this year. This follows GDP growth of 7.4 per cent in 2014 and 7.7 per cent in 2013.

While 7 per cent growth in 2015 would represent China's weakest expansion

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