Xi Jinping’s economic revolution aims to spread growth

To get a cup of milk tea from Chayan Yuese in the central Chinese city of Changsha, you might have to queue for an hour in the sweltering heat. The local company, known in English as “Sexy Tea”, has become a national sensation. It is part of what has made Changsha a wanghong hotspot, or a place where young people come to shoot videos for social media. Street vendors serving up spicy crayfish have become internet celebrities. Crowds throng the city’s central shopping districts and eateries into the early hours of the morning, despite worries about covid-19. Chinese social media teems with photographs of young women, dressed in swanky outfits, posing in front of the city’s 32-metre-high granite bust of Mao Zedong, the country’s revolutionary leader who hailed from a nearby town.

China’s recent development has concentrated wealth in eastern cities. Now President Xi Jinping wants to spread it inland to places like Changsha, and wants the process to be driven by innovation in…

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