Yuen Yuen Ang

Yuen Yuen Ang

Yuen Yuen Ang is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap and China's Gilded Age. She is a professor of political science and a China scholar at the University of Michigan, with a PhD from Stanford University.

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Opinion | Can Xi Jinping’s fight against corruption, inequality and mounting debt end China’s ‘Gilded Age’?

America’s Gilded Age provides a historical lens for assessing Xi’s actions and suggests China’s current problems do not spell doom. Xi is trying to start China’s Progressive Era by command and control, though no government has yet overcome the side effects of capitalism by decree.

America’s Gilded Age provides a historical lens for assessing Xi’s actions and suggests China’s current problems do not spell doom. Xi is trying to start China’s Progressive Era by command and control, though no government has yet overcome the side effects of capitalism by decree.

23 Sep 2021 - 1:30PM
Opinion | China’s economic headache: setting targets for quality development

As Beijing aims for quality growth, it makes sense to dilute or even ditch GDP targets, but this is difficult in practice. Central planners also need to prune the burgeoning list of goals for local governments and grapple with the difficulty of imposing quantitative targets while emphasising quality.

As Beijing aims for quality growth, it makes sense to dilute or even ditch GDP targets, but this is difficult in practice. Central planners also need to prune the burgeoning list of goals for local governments and grapple with the difficulty of imposing quantitative targets while emphasising quality.

8 Apr 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | For America to lead again, Joe Biden must heal domestic fractures and address misgivings about globalisation

The US cannot withdraw from global leadership and refuse to allow anyone else to take its place. If it wants to reclaim and retain its position, it must tackle inequality and the costs of globalisation – or risk a second Trump.

The US cannot withdraw from global leadership and refuse to allow anyone else to take its place. If it wants to reclaim and retain its position, it must tackle inequality and the costs of globalisation – or risk a second Trump.

15 Jan 2021 - 2:17AM
Opinion | Why Chinese autocracy vs American democracy is a false comparison

The success of Beijing’s pandemic response and and the failure of Washington’s seem to suggest authoritarian rule is superior to liberal democracy. But such a verdict is based on selective facts, and does not fully reflect the complexities of any political system.

The success of Beijing’s pandemic response and and the failure of Washington’s seem to suggest authoritarian rule is superior to liberal democracy. But such a verdict is based on selective facts, and does not fully reflect the complexities of any political system.

29 Oct 2020 - 1:30PM
Opinion | What’s next for the belt and road plan? China must start thinking small and high-quality

A major driver of a backlash against China’s belt and road plan is the lack of quality control and brand management. One way to raise the quality of the programme is to test out small-scale, locally responsive projects such as sanitation.

A major driver of a backlash against China’s belt and road plan is the lack of quality control and brand management. One way to raise the quality of the programme is to test out small-scale, locally responsive projects such as sanitation.

24 Apr 2019 - 10:17PM
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM