In briefThe economy expanded by 7.4% year on year in the first quarter of 2014, down from 7.7% in the previous three months. Economic activity will pick up in the second quarter, but real GDP growth is still set to come in at just 7.3% in 2014 as a whole, the weakest since 1990. The president, Xi Jinping, has emerged as a confident and powerful leader, but his dominance could make him vulnerable to attacks from vested interests opposed to his economic reform and anti-corruption agenda.
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|Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit|