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The series of political ‘black swans’ in 2016, including Britain’s planned withdrawal from the EU after a referendum and Donald Trump’s victory in the US elections, stem from a resurgence of populism.

Over the years, heavy industry, the relentless growth of dams and irrational land use have made the Yangtze River, China’s longest waterway with a length of over 6,000 kilometers, one of the most polluted rivers in the world.

From the end of 2016 to early 2017, many cities across China were hit by severe air pollution.

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According to statistics from the China Automobile Dealers Association, the sales volume of second-hand vehicles hit 10.39 million in China in 2016, up from 251,700 in 2000.

A range of mobile payment and banking options have recently become popular in China.

NewsChina has interviewed several well-known scholars from both academia and official thinktanks and found that many of them claimed that Xi’s thoughts are based on analyzing and devising a solution to a problem before establishing a goal.