James A. Dorn

James A. Dorn is a senior fellow and China specialist at the Cato Institute. From 1984 to 1990, he served on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. He has been a visiting scholar at Fudan University. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Virginia.
James A. Dorn
James A. Dorn is a senior fellow and China specialist at the Cato Institute. From 1984 to 1990, he served on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. He has been a visiting scholar at Fudan University. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Virginia.

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Opinion | Why China at 70 needs to listen to the voices of those it silenced

China must recall how a lack of openness in goods and ideas handicapped development in the Mao era. This is also a good time to remember those such as Zhao Ziyang, who recognised the need for political and economic reform.

30 Sep 2019 - 2:27PM

China must recall how a lack of openness in goods and ideas handicapped development in the Mao era. This is also a good time to remember those such as Zhao Ziyang, who recognised the need for political and economic reform.

Why China at 70 needs to listen to the voices of those it silenced
Opinion | If protesters want to protect Hong Kong’s way of life, they must win the war of ideas

A long-term strategy would be to show China that a free market in ideas is far superior to “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. The moral force of the voices of freedom and limited government should not be underestimated.

2 Aug 2019 - 6:27AM

A long-term strategy would be to show China that a free market in ideas is far superior to “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. The moral force of the voices of freedom and limited government should not be underestimated.

If protesters want to protect Hong Kong’s way of life, they must win the war of ideas
No truly free market in China without free exchange of ideas

Beijing's decision to allow more flexibility in the daily trading band for the yuan-dollar exchange rate, along with the announcement that the People's Bank of China will soon allow banks to pay higher interest rates on deposits, are positive signs that the leadership is serious about giving markets more play. Ending financial repression, however, will require political as well as economic reform.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Beijing's decision to allow more flexibility in the daily trading band for the yuan-dollar exchange rate, along with the announcement that the People's Bank of China will soon allow banks to pay higher interest rates on deposits, are positive signs that the leadership is serious about giving markets more play. Ending financial repression, however, will require political as well as economic reform.

No truly free market in China without free exchange of ideas
How Hong Kong can build a great society
Could China's treaty obligations backfire on the world?
A new mantra for China: Seek truth from freedom
Trade, not aid
12 May 2004 - 12:00AM
Trade, not aid
Nationalistic barriers
13 Dec 2007 - 12:00AM
Nationalistic barriers
Don't sink with the US dollar, China
Still the world's freest
19 Jul 2004 - 12:00AM
Still the world's freest
Yuan peg is proving costly for China
A trade surplus doesn't make an enemy
China's legacy: the thoughts of Lao Tzu
Polluted markets
18 Aug 2008 - 12:00AM
Polluted markets
Sovereign wealth paranoia
8 Mar 2008 - 12:00AM
Sovereign wealth paranoia
America's protectionist drift
5 Apr 2008 - 12:00AM
America's protectionist drift
Why China needs its critics

People's trust in government erodes when there is no genuine rule of law to limit the power and scope of the ruling elite. The latest breach of trust in China is the discovery that more than 40 per cent of the rice supply in Guangzhou was tainted with cadmium, a toxic metal. The socialist idea that "power resides in the people" is a mantra without substance.

3 Jun 2013 - 8:46AM

People's trust in government erodes when there is no genuine rule of law to limit the power and scope of the ruling elite. The latest breach of trust in China is the discovery that more than 40 per cent of the rice supply in Guangzhou was tainted with cadmium, a toxic metal. The socialist idea that "power resides in the people" is a mantra without substance.

Why China needs its critics
Now's not the time to end US-China economic dialogue
An abuse of the free market
5 Aug 2005 - 12:00AM
An abuse of the free market
In era of upheaval, author stood against storm
What price stability?
15 Sep 2008 - 12:00AM
What price stability?
Ties that blind
1 May 2007 - 12:00AM
Ties that blind
Caveats on reform
28 Jul 2008 - 12:00AM
Caveats on reform
Unlocking potential
27 Feb 2009 - 12:00AM
Unlocking potential
Open and accountable
8 Aug 2007 - 12:00AM
Open and accountable
Socialist-market virus threatens US and China
The inflation threat to Hu's harmonious society
In excess
22 Apr 2009 - 12:00AM
In excess
Mainland risks a return to central-planning mindset
Disaster protection
27 May 2008 - 12:00AM
Disaster protection