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Howard D. Schultz

Starbucks' Beijing star rides China changes

SEATTLE _ Many of Jackie Xu's fellow students at the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing chose to go into highly paid, glamorous jobs such as investment banking and consulting. She chose to wear an apron instead, training as a Starbucks barista in preparation for a job as assistant manager.tmpplchld But two years into her Starbucks career, the 27-year-old isn't missing out on the glamour. After becoming the manager of a key Starbucks flagship store in Beijing, she was flown to Seattle last year to speak to thousands of U.S. managers about Starbucks' momentous growth in China as the world's second-largest economy seeks to shift focus from export-oriented manufacturing...