China: China Braces For A Bubble

As first-time investors race into a torrid stock market, China's leaders are trying to tame the mania before the game goes bust

Illustration for TIME by Wesley Bedrosian

Although he isĀ 63 years old, Beijing retiree Du Shuzhan is not afraid to try something new. He has just discovered the stock market. A few weeks ago, he deposited $1,500 in his first share-trading account, and on a January afternoon he visited a local broker to buy shares of seven Chinese companies. "All my friends started to invest in the stock market last year," Du says. "My wife and I decided to join the trend." He admits that when it comes to deciding which stocks to buy, he lacks expertise. "I don't know much about it. I just picked the ones...

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