Wang Jian published an article in the official ‘Economic Daily’ in 1988 arguing that China should take advantage of its cheap labour force to position itself as a global manufacturing hub. Photo: DPAWang Jian published an article in the official ‘Economic Daily’ in 1988 arguing that China should take advantage of its cheap labour force to position itself as a global manufacturing hub. Photo: DPA
Wang Jian published an article in the official ‘Economic Daily’ in 1988 arguing that China should take advantage of its cheap labour force to position itself as a global manufacturing hub. Photo: DPA

China’s globalisation pioneer says it is now time to look closer to home amid US decoupling moves

  • Wang Jian wrote a famous article in 1988 that laid out the blueprint for China to take advantage of globalisation to become the factory of the world
  • But now, amid the fallout from the coronavirus, the veteran economist believes it is ‘increasingly urgent’ for China to rely on itself for future development
Topic |   US-China decoupling
Wang Jian published an article in the official ‘Economic Daily’ in 1988 arguing that China should take advantage of its cheap labour force to position itself as a global manufacturing hub. Photo: DPAWang Jian published an article in the official ‘Economic Daily’ in 1988 arguing that China should take advantage of its cheap labour force to position itself as a global manufacturing hub. Photo: DPA
Wang Jian published an article in the official ‘Economic Daily’ in 1988 arguing that China should take advantage of its cheap labour force to position itself as a global manufacturing hub. Photo: DPA
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