People walk along a pedestrian street in Shanghai. Time and again, when the national policy framework in place favoured a readiness to learn, adapt and change, rapid progress followed. Photo: AFP
People walk along a pedestrian street in Shanghai. Time and again, when the national policy framework in place favoured a readiness to learn, adapt and change, rapid progress followed. Photo: AFP
Alan Doss
Opinion

Opinion

Alan Doss

Foreign aid gave China’s economy a leg up in the 1980s, but political pragmatism did the rest

  • With pragmatic leaders like Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin, China’s opening up was a lesson in how far small investments can go when paired with the right policy framework and a willingness to adapt
  • As Beijing moves to ease parts of its zero-Covid policy, there is hope these virtues live on

People walk along a pedestrian street in Shanghai. Time and again, when the national policy framework in place favoured a readiness to learn, adapt and change, rapid progress followed. Photo: AFP
People walk along a pedestrian street in Shanghai. Time and again, when the national policy framework in place favoured a readiness to learn, adapt and change, rapid progress followed. Photo: AFP
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