President Xi Jinping's wide-ranging reform push, covering everything from politics to the military, has come up against "unimaginably" fierce resistance, according to a tersely worded commentary carried by state media on Thursday.
In unusually strong language, the article said the reforms were at a critical stage and had encountered immense difficulties, affecting the interests of various groups.
"The in-depth reform touches the basic issue of reconfiguring the lifeblood of this enormous economy and is aimed at making it healthier," the article said. "The scale of the resistance is beyond what could have been imagined."
The commentary was attributed to "Guoping", an apparent pen name used by state media to comment on major state and Communist Party issues. It appeared in state media including the websites of CCTV and Guangming Daily.
Observers said the commentary suggested the reforms had not achieved the desired results and were opposed by various factions.
Xu Yaotong, a political science professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, said the publication came amid concerns the anti-corruption campaign, which had targeted several top military officials and politicians, was waning and that other reforms had attracted opposition.
Observers said the commentary suggested the reforms had not achieved the desired results and were opposed by various factions. Photo: AP"The tone [of the commentary] reads furious," Xu said.
The Reserve Bank has predicted a decline in the number of automated teller machines, as digital payments allow consumers to make fewer cash withdrawals and avoid pesky fees.
Banks and other owners of ATMs say their returns from the machines are being crunched, as they spend more money on maintaining machines that are being used less.
ATMs were introduced widely in the 1980s and there are more than 31,000 cash machines around the country now, which the RBA says is high relative to Australia's population.
However, the number of withdrawals has fallen by about 20 per cent since from a 2009 peak. This has occurred as more shoppers use cards, including contactless payments, where they would have previously paid in cash.