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Economic reform and competitiveness


Economic reform and competitiveness


Last November, the Chinese Communist Party issued a major communiqué that emphasized the need to reduce the role of government and allow the market to play a "decisive role in allocating resources" in the Chinese economy. Is the Chinese leadership serious about undertaking further economic liberalization? If so, will these reforms usher in large-scale privatization or simply result in measures that will make the state sector more efficient to serve the interests of the Party?

And how does China's economic competitiveness rate compared to that of the United States? Is Beijing's top-down economic approach really the way to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the 21st century?

Robert Herbold, former COO, Microsoft, and Managing Director, the Herbold Group, LLC.

Barry Naughton, Professor of Chinese Economy, the University of California San Diego, and editor, Wu Jinglian: Voice of Reform in China (MIT Press: 2013)

China Takes Over the World

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China Takes Over the World explores the myriad issues related to China’s growing economic, political and military power.
While many in the West fear–and many in China hope–that China will dominate the world in the 21st century, this show seeks to highlight many of the current issues related to the rise of China’s global influence.
The show’s inquiries are guided by the following questions: How is China seeking, strengthening and maintaining its global influence? How is the growth of Chinese power affecting the economic well-being and security positions of other countries? How is the world–especially the United States and China’s neighbors–reacting to China’s historic rise? How will China’s domestic economic and political liberalization, or the lack thereof, propel or hinder its rise?
Hosted by Ying Ma, China Takes Over the World airs each Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. on RTHK Radio 3, and features discussions with guests such as Chinese entrepreneurs, Western executives, well-respected academics, policymakers, journalists and experts from Asia, America and beyond.

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