Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai (middle) takes a look at his watch after he landed in Beijing after attending the 47th anniversary of the October Revolution celebration in the Soviet Union on November 14, 1964 Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong (right) and Deng Xiaping (left) and other Chinese leaders welcomed him coming back at the airport in Beijing. Photo: SCMP

Asia’s record shows rulers can outperform democrats, but what if they get the wrong ideas?

The inconvenient truth is that most of Asia’s economic miracles were nurtured by authoritarian regimes. But the problem with autocrats is they become the sole decision-makers, so if they listen to the wrong people, things can go awry

Topic |   China economy

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Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai (middle) takes a look at his watch after he landed in Beijing after attending the 47th anniversary of the October Revolution celebration in the Soviet Union on November 14, 1964 Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong (right) and Deng Xiaping (left) and other Chinese leaders welcomed him coming back at the airport in Beijing. Photo: SCMP
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