Are China scholars all bought?

Are China scholars all bought?
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First Published: Wed, Apr 11 2007. 12 18 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Apr 11 2007. 12 18 AM IST
Academics who study China... habitually please the Chinese Communist Party, sometimes consciously, and often unconsciously... The leadership of the 50 largest central state-owned enterprises—that invest around the world—is directly appointed by the politburo. Economists do not ask what it means if the Party centre increasingly runs enterprises in the US and Europe. The governor and Party secretary of China’s central bank, Zhou Xiaochuan, writes extensively about “comprehensively accelerating central bank work” based on the “three represents” (the Party represents the “advanced productive forces, the advanced Chinese culture and the basic interests of the Chinese people”). He describes the three represents as “guiding macroeconomic policy” in ways that defy any western concept of logic. And yet we take this person as seriously as if we were dealing with the governor of a western central bank...
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First Published: Wed, Apr 11 2007. 12 18 AM IST
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