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.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usr8tWeoVwk[/youtube]

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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2 Responses to “Minxin Pei’s Take on China”

  1. Derek says:

    September 4th, 2007 at 10:56 am

    This is some good stuff, thanks for the recommendation. I thought the three articles you mentioned yesterday (Aug 27th) were good too. I had been a little slack in my reading lately so I am a bit behind.

    As I was writing this I noticed that the links list to the left seems to have a couple of surprising omissions. I am surprised I do not see Imagethief or the China Law Blog. I am a little behind on those two as well but they are definitely in my ‘must read’ category. OK, I see you have Imagethief on the official blogroll. That makes sense. I personally think the guys at the China Law Blog bring a lot more to the table then say China Law and Politics. Just my 2 cents, this is YOUR blog after all! In any case, keep up the good work.

  2. Rich says:

    September 4th, 2007 at 11:17 am

    hi Derek,

    Thanks for coming by. Glad you like the recommendations thus far.

    With regard to the links, I have both up there (at least I think I do), and in the grand scheme of things think that all of the links offer something for everyone.
    CLB and Imagethief are excellent resources as you say, and when I have time to read my RSS reader I do my best to catch up (right now, I have almost 500 articles just from the blogroll that I have yet to read….. .

    Well.. it is 2:15am, and it is time to hand in my homework. Thanks for stopping in, and I look forward to more of your comments. If you have studies/ post/ etc that you think are must reads, fee free to post them or send them my way.

    Thanks