02 March 2017
Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and The Making of Global China
2017, Harvard University Press, 416 pages,
Reviewer: Christine Shields, Independent Consultant
This book is both a chronicle and a warning. Covering Chinese economic history after Mao’s death in 1976, Gewirtz catalogues the growing realisation that, in the post-Mao era of Deng Xiaoping, China’s economy needed to change but political reality made this a challenge. So the book begins with the reformists’ mantra of ‘crossing the river by feeling for the stones’ to describe the…
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