A reporter uses mobile phones for a live broadcast of the National People’s Congress meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on March 8. The consumption-focused innovative industries that barely existed in 2008 are increasingly propelling the Chinese economy today. Photo: EPA-EFE A reporter uses mobile phones for a live broadcast of the National People’s Congress meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on March 8. The consumption-focused innovative industries that barely existed in 2008 are increasingly propelling the Chinese economy today. Photo: EPA-EFE
A reporter uses mobile phones for a live broadcast of the National People’s Congress meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on March 8. The consumption-focused innovative industries that barely existed in 2008 are increasingly propelling the Chinese economy today. Photo: EPA-EFE
Prof Zhang Jun
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Prof Zhang Jun

China’s decade of extraordinary growth from 2008 is lost on its critics. Why?

  • Serious challenges on several fronts in that year did not deter the authorities from pressing on with a commitment to change the Chinese growth model
  • The story of how these efforts contributed to the rise of the middle class and the emergence of a world-leading digital economy demands a fuller understanding

A reporter uses mobile phones for a live broadcast of the National People’s Congress meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on March 8. The consumption-focused innovative industries that barely existed in 2008 are increasingly propelling the Chinese economy today. Photo: EPA-EFE A reporter uses mobile phones for a live broadcast of the National People’s Congress meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on March 8. The consumption-focused innovative industries that barely existed in 2008 are increasingly propelling the Chinese economy today. Photo: EPA-EFE
A reporter uses mobile phones for a live broadcast of the National People’s Congress meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on March 8. The consumption-focused innovative industries that barely existed in 2008 are increasingly propelling the Chinese economy today. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Prof Zhang Jun

Prof Zhang Jun

Zhang Jun is dean of the School of Economics at Fudan University and director of the China Centre for Economic Studies, a Shanghai-based think tank.