Legendary Chinese entrepreneur Nian Guangjiu, who once blazed a trail for private business in post-Mao China at great personal risks, died at 84 this month. Photo: Weibo
Legendary Chinese entrepreneur Nian Guangjiu, who once blazed a trail for private business in post-Mao China at great personal risks, died at 84 this month. Photo: Weibo
Zhou Xin
Opinion

Opinion

Zhou Xin

Deng Xiaoping’s tacit approval of a sunflower seed businessman won the trust of entrepreneurs. Can China do it again?

  • Nian Guangjiu, known for his Idiot Melon Seeds, won tacit approval from China’s paramount leader in the 80s despite illegal hiring practices in private business
  • Deng cautiously avoided anything that could derail development of the private sector, holding lessons for China today

Legendary Chinese entrepreneur Nian Guangjiu, who once blazed a trail for private business in post-Mao China at great personal risks, died at 84 this month. Photo: Weibo
Legendary Chinese entrepreneur Nian Guangjiu, who once blazed a trail for private business in post-Mao China at great personal risks, died at 84 this month. Photo: Weibo
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