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China's reformist central bank chief could be a tough act to follow

Any successor of Zhou Xiaochuan, who is expected to retire soon, will face challenges working for President Xi

The expected retirement of Mr Zhou (right), seen here with JPMorgan Chase International chairman Jacob Frenkel, would be part of a broader reshuffle of China's leadership pegged to the Communist Party Congress, a twice-a-decade event that will begin on Oct 18.


THROUGHOUT much of China's economic rise over the past three decades, one Chinese official quietly played a pivotal role in pushing an embrace of free markets.

That official, the urbane central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan, is widely expected to retire soon. His replacement may...

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