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Zhu Rongji on the Record: The Road to Reform: 1991-1997 [Kindle Edition]

Rongji Zhu , Henry A. Kissinger , Helmut Schmidt , June Mei

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Book Description

China's explosive transformation from a planned economy to a more market-oriented
one over the past three decades owes much to the charismatic reformer Zhu Rongji.
His pragmatism and strong work ethic have been key forces in China's drive to greater
modernization and global stature. He served as the mayor and party chief in Shanghai from 1987 to 1991, as vice premier of China from 1991 to 1998, and then as premier until 2003. This monumental collection brings together, for the first time in English, over one hundred important speeches, articles, letters, and instructions written during his term as vice premier, when he had major responsibility for fulfilling Deng Xiaoping's vision and setting China on a new and fruitful course.

During this time, Zhu embarked on a plan to reduce the size of government and reform
the heavily indebted banking system and state-owned enterprises as well as the housing
and health care systems. His sweeping efforts ranged from lobbying for the establishment of stock exchanges to revitalizing agriculture through the introduction of a modern grain market. The ramifications of these reforms are still being felt throughout China and the globe, and Zhu Rongji on the Record provides a real-time look at these plans as they were being formulated during the 1990s.

These pages also reflect the forthright personality that gained great popularity with
the Chinese public. Zhu vows to speak the truth and avoid "empty talk," as he tells his
compatriots. "We must tackle [reform] with both hands, and both hands must be strong."
To this end, he provides lists of "musts" and "mustn'ts" that will ensure a "soft landing"
during China's transition and calls for swift and resolute action, both in reform and in
fighting corruption.

In addition to revealing the evolution of Zhu's thinking and demonstrating how he
helped transform the world's most populous nation, this book provides insight into the
course of China's economic reform from the 1990s through the first part of the twenty-first century—a period of time that is key to the global order today.

Publication of this English edition of Zhu Rongji on the Record will be an important
milestone in Sino-U.S. cultural exchange and a significant contribution to greater
understanding between the world's two largest economic powers.

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About the Author

Zhu Rongji served as mayor of Shanghai from 1987 to 1991, was China's vice premier from 1991 to 1998, and served as fifth premier of the People's Republic from 1998 to 2003. Between 1993 and1995 he served concurrently as governor of the People's Bank of China.

Henry A. Kissinger was U.S. secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.

Helmut Schmidt was chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4126 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0815725191
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (August 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081572537X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815725374
  • ASIN: B00EHL6778
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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