How China's Leaders Think: The Inside Story of China's Past, Current and Future Leaders

How China's Leaders Think: The Inside Story of China's Past, Current and Future Leaders

Robert Lawrence Kuhn

Language: English

Pages: 572

ISBN: 1118085906

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A fascinating look at China now and in the years to come, through the eyes of those at the helm
As China continues its rapid ascent, attention is turning to its leaders, who they are, and how they view the country's incredible transformation over the last thirty years. In How China's Leaders Think: The Inside Story of China's Past, Current and Future Leaders, Revised, bestselling author Lawrence Kuhn goes directly to the source, talking with members of China's ruling party and examining recently declassified Party material to provide readers with an intimate look at China's leaders and leadership structure, visionary principles, and convulsive past, and tracing the nation's reform efforts.

Focusing on President Hu Jintao's philosophies and policies, the book looks to the next generation of China's leaders to ask the questions on everyone's lips. Who are China's future leaders? How do they view China's place in the world? Confronting China's leaders head on, Kuhn asks about the county's many problem, from economic imbalances to unsustainable development, to find out if there's a road map for change. Presenting the thoughts of key Chinese leaders on everything from media, military, banking, and healthcare to film, the Internet, science and technology, and much more, the book paints an intimate, candid portrayal of how China's leaders really think.
* Presents a fascinating insight into how China's leaders think about their country and where it's headed
* Asks the tough questions about China's need for reform
* Pulls together information from over 100 personal interviews as well as recently declassified Party documents

Taking readers closer to Party officials than ever before, How China's Leaders Think documents China's thirty-year struggle toward economic and social reform, and what's to come.

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and how they feel—and the sense of confidence they have in their country and their future. Change has been dazzling—not just in the construction of new buildings and modern cities but more importantly in the psychology and culture of the people, and in the new conviction that change itself is possible. Before reform, no change was possible; after reform, no change seems impossible. And, in the process, the values of the Chinese people have shifted. Citizens at all levels, from farmers and

many in China support the view that the kind of response shown after the earthquake would not have been possible with a governance system of competing political parties. It ties in to the argument that, with 1.3 billion people in grossly disparate stages of development, protecting lives and providing basic living requirements is the highest priority, and for this, a strong government with a single ruling party is required. Indeed, the readiness of Westerners to criticize China for human rights

think. (In October 2010, Vice President Xi Jinping was appointed vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the CPC, reconfirming expectations that he would become general secretary of the CPC in 2012 and president of China in 2013—the country’s most senior leader.) My dual objective is to trace China’s monumental story of trauma and transformation and to understand the motivations and mechanisms underlying the decisions and policies of China’s leaders, individually and in their

Endnotes 1 “Senior official Li Changchun visits old artists,” People’s Daily, January 23, 2006. 2 People’s Daily, March 25, 2008. 3 Qiushi (Seeking Truth) magazine, July 17, 2008. 4 Full disclosure: I structured the CCTV-IMG deal (2008) and am a partner in the joint venture. 5 Jonathan Landreth, “CCTV forms venture with IMG, The Hollywood Reporter, July 31, 2008. 6 Private communication with Tie Ning, Beijing, September 2008; entire section. 7 Qin Xiaoying, “When books indicated the dawn

splendor.” And, he added, “We should respect and learn from each other.” Jiang took his audience on a tour of Chinese history and culture. He quoted the Daoist philosopher Zhuang Zi on the nature of “limits” (what other national leader refers to calculus in a foreign policy speech?); he spoke of how ancient Chinese astronomy integrated the universe and humanity; of various schools of philosophy, and China’s contributions to mathematics, music, and medicine; and of China’s many inventions, which,

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