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- Garcetti says China can tackle smog without sacrificing growth
CNN's Beijing bureau chief Jaime FlorCruz has lived and worked in China since 1971. He studied Chinese history at Peking University (1977-81) and was TIME Magazine's Beijing correspondent and bureau chief (1982-2000).
Beijing (CNN)For years China has been the envy of the world, hailed as the great 'economic miracle' thanks to its sustained double-digit growth.