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Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire, and Betrayal Hardcover – May 1, 2004
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Every once in a while comes a book to stir your slumber, and this is one. -- Jay Nordlinger, National Review
Nonfiction Book of the Year. -- New York Sun
On every page, there is an insight that confounds the labeling...to dismiss or pigeonhole writers by political orientation. -- Danny Schechter, editor, Mediachannel.org
You won't be able to put it down...[Y]ou'll think about its implications long after you've finished this fine book. -- William Kristol, Editor of The Weekly Standard
About the Author
Ethan Gutmann, a Visiting Fellow at Project for the New American Century, has written for the "Asian Wall Street Journal," "The Weekly Standard," "Investor's Business Daily" and other publications.
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China isn’t becoming more like the US, but rather the opposite. I’m sad for us both.
There is so much more in this book, but other reviewers have covered it nicely. This is a must read for anyone interested in China or business. I look forward to Gutmann's new book on Falun Gong.
1) The United States naively thought that economic liberalization and capitalistic prosperity would lead to democratic freedom in China Reality has proven very un -Fukuyama like in this regard and the Chinese totalitarian - state has been strengthened inadvertently by U.S. help.
2) US businesses cooperate with the Chinese government in suppressing the freedom of the Chinese people. These businesses include among others, the Internet giant Google.
3) It is difficult for an outside business person to make money in China unless he adopts the corrupt practices of the Chinese.
4) China is not an inward-looking Middle Kingdom but rather an aggressive potentially dangerous adversary to the free world, first in the economic realm but also increasingly in the military realm.
5) The corruption of Chinese society is also present in the thriving pay- for- play sex business.
6) China is thus not the model for a future world living in prosperity, democracy and freedom, and the personal dignity of the individual.
1) Very few American companies really making money in China [True];
2) China is a bottomless hole for foreign investors, because China doesn't play by "normal" economic rules; instead its totally corrupted government and business practices decide the success or failure of a company [True];
3) The only way to make money, or "succeed" in China is to a) Following the Party; b)Bribery; c) cater to government desires [True];
4) China has a lot of prostitutes [True but irrelevant for the bigger topics we are discussing here].
This is a sad book for American companies aspiring to make it in China, but more sad for Chinese society. Right now in China, it's rotten from inside out, and bottom up. Money is everything - integrity, character, morality, honor don't mean a thing there. The only thing China can provide is cheap labor. But current Chinese economy growth is real, American companies CAN make money. The most important quality you need is to be blind and deaf to the things you are accustomed to based on the Western value. And if you like, you can certainly enjoy the money you will make there and many fine women there as well. Once again, it's more sad for China than for foreign countries.
I am a Chinese American who was born and raised in China, and have been going back to China very often. I lost a small fortune in China trying to do things the American way. Then made a small fortune doing things in Chinese ways. After every while working in China, I feel compelled to come back to the States to sanitize my soul. Some people call me successful, but deep in my heart, I know that's because I have sold my integrity, ruined my character. I feel no honor and powerless in following my own moral guidance in Chinese business world. But I have a couple of dollars in my packet and once in while sleep with some women who are not my wife. Make your own decison what kind of life is this? But that is what doing business in China is all about.
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