Historian Wang Gungwu speaking at the launch of ThinkChina magazine. Photo: ThinkChina Historian Wang Gungwu speaking at the launch of ThinkChina magazine. Photo: ThinkChina
Historian Wang Gungwu speaking at the launch of ThinkChina magazine. Photo: ThinkChina
Wang Gungwu
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Wang Gungwu

How China chose a communist revolution over capitalism and rehabilitated the idea of reform

  • The country’s youth had a choice in the early 20th century between two types of Western revolution, and eventually discovered a definition of their own
  • As the People’s Republic turns 70, the idea of reform is favoured, but for centuries it was regarded as doomed to fail, says sinologist Wang Gungwu at the launch of ThinkChina magazine

Historian Wang Gungwu speaking at the launch of ThinkChina magazine. Photo: ThinkChina Historian Wang Gungwu speaking at the launch of ThinkChina magazine. Photo: ThinkChina
Historian Wang Gungwu speaking at the launch of ThinkChina magazine. Photo: ThinkChina
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Wang Gungwu

Wang Gungwu

Wang Gungwu is University Professor at the National University of Singapore and Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University. He was vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong from 1986 to 1995.