Since at least 2003, the Shanghai government has, on a yearly basis, communicated its GDP targets to the public. This year, for the first time, the government is refusing to submit a GDP target for 2015, and as the Economist assesses, this isn't exactly a coincidence since at least 2/3 of Chinese provinces and cities missed their GDP targets in 2014. Shanghai is the first provincial government to omit its GDP target.


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