02 March 2017

Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and The Making of Global China

Julian Gerwitz
2017, Harvard University Press, 416 pages,
ISBN 978-0674971134

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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