Author Sebastian Heilmann reiterates that traditional development models cannot accommodate China’s path to relative prosperity in Red Swan: How Unorthodox Policy-Making Facilitated China’s Rise. Photo: AFP

The Maoist roots of China’s economic rise explored in Red Swan – book review

Author Sebastian Heilmann credits ‘guerilla-style policymaking’ for China’s rapid economic development, but its successes may not be as unique as he makes out

Topic |   China economy

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Author Sebastian Heilmann reiterates that traditional development models cannot accommodate China’s path to relative prosperity in Red Swan: How Unorthodox Policy-Making Facilitated China’s Rise. Photo: AFP
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Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon is editor of the Asian Review of Books. A publisher and entrepreneur, he has been active in technology, culture and international trade and investment. He is the co-author of “The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815”. He has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1985.