Xi Jinping's options to defuse the crisis come with high political and economic costs.
The government is curbing production as prices for the resource plunge.
Chinese netizens link issue to recent vote on universal suffrage in Hong Kong.
Businesspeople are making money running restaurants, stores, mining operations and trucking companies.
A former aide to a late, ousted Chinese premier says today's leadership is acting a part in a play.
Uncertainty spreads as prices decline, sparking fears of a property bubble burst.
A former aide to a late, ousted premier takes aim at a recent ruling on Hong Kong's 2017 elections.