Minxin Pei’s Take on China

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 5:56

Minxin PeiOften times in China it is hard to see the trees from the forest. One runs around from meeting to meeting, typing reports, and doing quick assessments of what is by far the most dynamic market in the world. At times, trying to take it all in and connect all the dots is just something that requires more time than one may have.

That is why I am an avid reader and follower of Minxin Pei and other scholars. Minxin in my opinion is one of the few scholars who I am able to not just read, but I can follow. his logic is clear, and it is obvious to me that he spends a significant amount of time delving into the issues and speaking to those in China who are in the drivers seat.. and who are passengers.

His views are not always upbeat, and in fact one of the reasons I like his articles is that his analysis cuts through the “Shanghai = Living in a bubble” feelings that many of us have in China to make me sit down and think about some of the fissures that exist in the foundation of China’s economy… and to be honest, I do not agree 100% with all of his findings however I have no trouble following his logic, underlying data points, or analysis.

Case in point, the below Youtube of his discussion at the 2007 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival is an excellent overview of areas that are going to be of concern going forward. He does an excellent job of presenting the issues and then translates that into ideas that managers should pay attention to.

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In addition, I highly suggest reading:

The Dark Side of China’s Rise
The High Cost of Prosperity
“Made In China” Label Won’t Survive Without Rule of Law

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