Benjamin Carlson August 6, 2012 06:20
HONG KONG — The usual way to tell China’s incredible economic story is with big, brash numbers. 1.3 billion people! 4 trillion yuan spent on stimulus! 14.5 million cars sold! 3.25 billion tons of coal mined! 10 percent average GDP growth for three straight decades! But as that story has started to change, those numbers have become murkier. One thing is, clear, however. The story of straightforward growth no longer seems so simple.